Emu Nutritional Information

Few may have witnessed the big, ostrich-like bird taking a big-footed, giant step into new millennium popularity.  But the American Heart Association, nutritionists and American consumers continue to discover the merits of emu meat.  Like any new product, the introduction of emu meat to the American table was met with some skepticism.  However, persistent good taste and high quality earned it recognition as a legitimate menu option and the choice for health-conscious Americans. Like any new product, the introduction of emu meat to the American table was met with some skepticism.  However, persistent good taste and high quality earned it recognition as a legitimate menu option and the choice for health-conscious Americans.

 

"One of our priorities is to let consumers know the nutritional values of emu meat," said Neil Williams, former president of the American Emu Association.

 

"We need to limit animal fat in our diets," said Penny M. Kris-Etherton of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee.

 

And the AHA now recommends emu as a heart-healthy meat.  Following the AHA's lead, hospital dietitians now recommend emu meat to heart patients who don't want to give up red meat in their diets.  And the fitness crowd has also climbed aboard the "emu express."  Last August, emu meat earned the "Taster's Choice Award" from "Muscle & Fitness Magazine" and raves from "Planet Muscle Magazine."  American dietary professionals have turned up the tempo of the emu option, and once the word was out, popular restaurants added emu to their menus, satisfying demands for great taste without exceeding recommended fat and cholesterol intake.

  • Provides better health benefits than all other meat proteins
  • Ranks best in 15 of 20 essential nutrients according to USDA
  • A red meat recognized as Heart Healthy by the American Heart Association
  • Is an economical purchase - when you buy emu you are buying meat, not fat or bones
  • Contains no hormones, steroids or antibiotics and is raised in free-range environments
  • Can be adapted to any recipe using low fat meat
  • Offers taste appeal with appetite satisfaction
  • Readily absorbs seasonings
  • Easy and fast to prepare

 

Unlike other choices, USDA Inspected American emu meat:

A New Day For American Diets

Nutritional Comparison of Ground Meats

3.5 oz Serving

Calories

Fat

Cholesterol

Emu 1

164

4.7 g

87 mg

Bison 2

237

14.8 g

85 mg

Beef 2

255

16.4 g

81 mg

Turkey 2

235

13.2 g

102 mg

Elk 2

190

8.4 g

78 mg

1 = Source: University of Wisconsin - Madison, June 2000 Alternative Meat Study funded by USDA
2 = Source: United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference