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Which (ruminant/ungulate meat) is better? Beef or lamb or...?

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Created February 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

A fat-rich fad diet has led to a shortage of minced beef at my nearest supermarket. So tonight I suffer the indignity of eating minced lamb instead.

This gets me thinking - indignities aside - which is better nutritionally? (Grass-fed) beef seems to have fewer polyunsaturated fats, and more minerals overall. Is there anything else to consider? Are there any circumstances under which lamb could ever be preferable? Lamb does seem to generally be grass-fed more often. And both generally seem to be significantly better than chicken and pork, but not as good as most fish.

(minced = ground, for any confused Americans)

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Bison is ok, I find it a little tinny and very, very lean for my own tastes. Much prefer Elk for my "Ruminant larger than a cow" meat.

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on February 29, 2012
at 08:18 AM

Touche. Tragically, I haven't seen bison meat floating around these parts and if I did I imagine it would cost me an arm and a leg.

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on February 28, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Joshua, I laughed out loud. Thanks. :)

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at 07:10 PM

@PaleoGran - Reindeer are the ninjas, no one ever sees them... but many have *experienced* them.

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on February 28, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Joshua, thanks for the chuckle. Where do reindeer fit in?

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 28, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I think lamb could totally take beef in a street fight. But beef has more friends, so lamb might get jacked. Bison is like the Vin Diesel of ruminant meats, so he would just run into the fight and BAM! - totally kick the living crap out of beef and lamb.

For what it's worth - I prefer lamb because I love the flavor, but it's expensive. Splitting hairs over which is best between common ruminants isn't really worth the cortisol, frankly. Just.Eat.Meat.

(flavor = flavour, for any confused British)

:-)

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on February 28, 2012
at 08:46 PM

Joshua, I laughed out loud. Thanks. :)

A03f0d03067a43c61786481d91e5d3a0

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on February 29, 2012
at 08:18 AM

Touche. Tragically, I haven't seen bison meat floating around these parts and if I did I imagine it would cost me an arm and a leg.

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

(4134)

on February 28, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Joshua, thanks for the chuckle. Where do reindeer fit in?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on February 28, 2012
at 07:10 PM

@PaleoGran - Reindeer are the ninjas, no one ever sees them... but many have *experienced* them.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 29, 2012
at 03:19 PM

Bison is ok, I find it a little tinny and very, very lean for my own tastes. Much prefer Elk for my "Ruminant larger than a cow" meat.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:51 PM

Grass fed Lamb and Beef are both very good choices.

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on February 28, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I love minced lamb - makes a great burger with some rosemary and thyme, topped with dijon.

CW says that lamb is easier to digest than beef, i.e lamb and rice is given to babies or people in hospital something, however I'm not sure if it has any truth to it.

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