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Are there any health benefits from eating alligator?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Our primal family is moving to Southern Florida next month. I know alligator is often served in local restaurants there so I'm wondering if there are any health benefits from eating it. I tried looking it up on Google but didn't find find much except that it "tastes like chicken". Some people say it's a good source of omega 3, others say it has none. My assumption is that it should be a good source of omega 3 since gators feed on small fish that typically eat algae...but I could be wrong. Does anyone know or have links?alt text

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on July 16, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Don'f forget the remoulade sauce.

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on July 16, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I cannot stop laughing at your comment! It just dawned on me!!! LOL

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:47 PM

I think you mean wild alligator which means they would eat fish...not grass.

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Lol! Grassfed alligator.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 03:04 PM

shrimpy is a good way to put it. It's better than horse or dog, thats for sure

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:42 PM

This articles points out that alligator meat is primarily farmed. So that raises another question: what do farmed alligators eat? I wonder if they make alligator feed pellets from grain.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 02:33 PM

If having to choose....? Man, so true.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 02:23 PM

If you have never tried it, do so just for the sake of it. If you can get some of your own, use an almond flour batter instead. It is quite tasty.

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:31 PM

Just make sure it's grassfed alligator and not from a factory farm where they are just fed corn and meal.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on July 16, 2012
at 06:28 PM

I cannot stop laughing at your comment! It just dawned on me!!! LOL

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

(1205)

on July 16, 2012
at 03:47 PM

I think you mean wild alligator which means they would eat fish...not grass.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on July 16, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Lol! Grassfed alligator.

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Certainly more healthy than the other way around...

http://www.wisegeek.com/is-alligator-meat-good-for-you.htm -- looks like very lean meat.

531b053b68e92ac509fc1544f88dc103

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:42 PM

This articles points out that alligator meat is primarily farmed. So that raises another question: what do farmed alligators eat? I wonder if they make alligator feed pellets from grain.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 16, 2012
at 02:33 PM

If having to choose....? Man, so true.

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:27 PM

i found a completely different set of numbers at Food Reference dot com

perhaps the info above is based on cooked alligator?

Nutritional values for approximately 4 ounces (114 grams) of raw, edible portions Calories 110
Calories From Fat 20
Total Fat 2 g Saturated Fat .5 g Cholesterol 55 mg Sodium 55 mg Total Carbohydrates 0 g Protein 24 g

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:17 PM

according to an article on Livestrong per 100g it contains 232 calories, 46g of protein, no carbs and only 4g of fat; none being saturated, and it has no cholesterol. the author of the article used these two facts to conclude alligator is a healthy choice, which made me laugh.

i do wonder what those 4g of fat are now.

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:00 PM

It's certainly healthier than the other way around.

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I've never had alligator, but I have had grilled crocodile a couple of times and loved it. It does taste kind of like chicken, but I thought the texture was almost shrimpy, if you can imagine that. It was really good. I'd say go for it, regardless of health effects/benefits. I can't imagine it could contain too much omega 6 (if that's your concern) considering how lean it is, and it's not going to be a staple of your diet, right?

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on July 16, 2012
at 03:04 PM

shrimpy is a good way to put it. It's better than horse or dog, thats for sure

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on July 16, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I'm not going to be too helpful on the health benefits of alligator but by Paleo rule it's acceptable. However, I can tell you I've had alligator prepared the traditional breaded and fried way and also pan fried or grilled and I will say it's not worth eating unless it's deep fried in some non-Paleo batter. I'm sure a better chef than me can prove my theory wrong, but the texture doesn't seem to work well for preparation beyond deep frying.

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