Alligator Meat: Good for Your Cholesterol Level

Widely accepted as a healthier alternative to beef and pork, wild game has less than half the saturated fat of domesticated meat. One of the more exotic wild game meats, alligator meat is consider one of the healthiest, having a lower fat content per serving than chicken. Because of its low saturated fat content, adding alligator meat to the diet will help reduce your cholesterol level.

With escalating health concerns over dietary causes of heart disease and stroke, as a result of high cholesterol intake, many people are looking for ways to eat healthier. One of the most edible sources of protein, alligator’s taste and texture resembles many of the fresh-water fish species, including catfish and tilapia, Alligator can be cooked in virtually any way desired and incorporated into any recipe.

Aside from the health benefits, alligator is considered a delicacy by many. Nutritionally, 4-ounces of alligator meat contains less than .5g of saturated fat with only 55mg of cholesterol, while providing 24g of high-quality protein. As with all meat, alligator contains no carbohydrates.

For most of the alligator meat market, alligators are farm raised under strict government regulation, ensuring the meat is clean, safe and healthy. Thanks to wildlife conservation efforts, the alligator has made an astoundingly strong comeback from the endangered species list. To control exploding populations, many southern states hold hunting season, with wild alligator meat being made available for purchase in many areas. For those who have tried both wild and farm raised alligator meat, many say the wild variety has a much sharper flavor.

Prime cuts of alligator meat come from the tail section and the loin; the lower area of the back, just above the tail. The meat of the alligator’s midsection is darker, and slightly tougher, than the tail and loins, requiring longer and slower cooking methods. Like the meat from the leg region, the meat around the gator’s midsection is often ground into chop-meat for burgers and meatloaf.

Because alligator meat has such a low fat and cholesterol content, it tends to dry out rapidly when cooking. For best results, cook alligator meat quickly on medium-high heat until “medium-rare,” or incorporate it into recipes such as soups, stews and casserole dishes. When making alligator burgers, add two egg whites and 1/8-cup of olive oil to each pound of alligator meat to help hold it together and retain moisture.

This is a guest blog post by Enrico F. He’s a healthy eating specialist and writer. He blogs about the Mediterranean diet pyramid. If you want him to talk about his finds on the Enrico Forte’s anti cholesterol diet with you, become a Facebook fan.

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