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Venison is meat that comes from deer.

The biggest difference between beef and venison is the way they are raised. Beef cattle is raised and farmed, where our deer is from the wild. 

Animal meats tend to be high in saturated fat, but there are a few exceptions. Wild game meats, such as venison, are low. This is often the motivation behind people choosing venison.

Venison contains all 10 of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are compounds that are responsible for chemical reactions in the body, and they also play a role in metabolic function.

Venison is full of B vitamins: B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (niacin), which help regulate metabolism; and vitamin B6 and B12, which may lower homocysteine build-up in the blood, thus lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes. 

Venison is high in vitamins it has advantages in iron, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin.

 

  Pheasant Turkey Chicken Wild Rabbit* Venison Lamb Beef
per 100g               
kcal 119 111 105 114 104 472 191
kJ 505 469 443 477 442 720 800
g/100g              
protein 27.1 25.2 20.1 21.8 23.4 20.8 23.1
fat 1.2 1.1 1.5 2.32 2 9.9 11
sat fat 0.39 0 0.5 0.69 0 4.75 4.39
mg/100g              
cholesterol 66 65 90 81 85 90 99
sodium 40 64 37 n/a 44 43 49
iron 1 0.2 0.2 3.2 2.4 1.6 1.4
zinc 0.8 1.2 0.5 n/a 1.8 2.5 3.5
mg/kg              
selenium 0.37 0.1 0.1 n/a 0.04 0.08 0.04
               

 

All values are for raw meat

Results from the research commissioned by the Game to Eat campaign – Leatherhead Food International Research 2006

*Results – Dish the info