Chickens and ducks are two types of animals whose meat is most often processed into various cuisines in Indonesia. However, have you ever tried eating goose meat? Yes, this white-haired animal at a glance looks like a duck, it’s just that its body shape is bigger and its neck is longer. Don’t get me wrong, this type of meat is also nutritious and has many benefits for the body, you know!
Nutritional content of goose meat
As with chicken and duck meat, goose meat is also a good source of protein for the body. According to Indonesian Food Composition Data belonging to the Indonesian Ministry of Health, every 100 grams of goose meat contains 349 calories, 16.4 grams of protein, and 31.5 grams of fat.
This amount is not much different from duck meat. At the same dose, duck meat contains 321 calories, 16 grams of protein, and 28.6 grams of fat.
It is seen that the protein content in the goose’s meat is slightly more than the duck. This protein is useful for replacing damaged body tissue while increasing immunity.
If examined more deeply, this webbed animal flesh also contains various vitamins and minerals that are good for the body. Among them:
- 15 mg of calcium
- 188 phosphorus
- 1.8 mg of iron
- 71 mg sodium
- 273 mcg of vitamin A
- 0.1 mg of vitamin B1
- 0.24 mg of vitamin B2
- 7.1 mg of vitamin B3
Benefits of goose meat for health
Now, you don’t need to hesitate to eat meat from these goose animals. But the next question, is this safe to eat?
Of course, goose meat is safe for consumption. In fact, Dr. Agnieszka Orkusz and experts from the University of Economics in Wroclaw, Poland, revealed that geese contain fatty acids that are far better and healthier than other types of birds.
According to Dr. Agnieszka Orkusz, goose meat contains 70 percent fatty acids and 23 percent more protein than other types of meat. One of the most common types of fatty acids is oleic acid.
The amount of oleic acid is even considered equivalent to oleic acid in olive oil . For this reason, the structure of goose meat is valued almost the same as olive oil.
Olive oil itself is proven to be beneficial for maintaining heart health. Because the structure of goose meat is similar to olive oil, experts believe that eating goose meat can also prevent heart disease .