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Surprising facts about lamb! Why the nutrients from lamb create such a healthy body
Compared to other meats, lamb is the most nutritional
Lamb meat is relatively famous in Hokkaido, but isnt as common when compared to beef…, pork and chicken in Japan. However, lamb meat is healthier than other meats and is gaining attention from health-conscious people and weight-watchers. First let’s take a look at detailed nutrition facts of lamb meat.
Essential Amino AcidAmino acids are building blocks that our bodies use to make protein, and lamb meat contains a large amount of essential amino acids. Examples include, lysine which helps boosts immunity, methionine to relieve allergies, and phenylalanine which acts as an appetite suppressant. These amino acids cannot be naturally produced by our bodies. Therefore lamb meat is a great way to consume balanced essential amino acids and high-quality protein.
Unsaturated FatThere are several types of fats and each have different effects on the body. We often hear "good fat” or “bad fat", but lamb meat consists of unsaturated fat which is considered to be a “good fat”. Unsaturated fats are found in fish and vegetables. These fats help prevent arteriosclerosis, blood clots, and assist in lowering blood pressure and “bad” cholesterol levels.
VitaminsLamb is a rich source of many vitamins including vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin E. Surprisingly, meats consists of many vitamins, but lamb meat includes vitamins that are particularly good for the skin. In addition, vitamins in lamb help nutrients transform into energy smoothly, and prevent fat storage. Therefore, lamb meat is great for a healthy diet.
(Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2: are nutrients that support the metabolsim. They also keep the skin and mucous membranes healthy, keep skin and mucous membrane healthy)
(Vitamin E: rejuvenate cells, protects from the aging of blood vessels from bad cholesterol, prevent lifestyle diseases)
Low in calories and encourages the burning of fat! Lamb is Great for Weight-Watchers!
The feature of lamb meat is that it contains L-carnitine. L-carnitine is an amino acid and it plays an important role in transporting fatty acids into mitochondria, to be then converted into energy which has a fat burning effect. Lamb meat is high in L-carnitine, so eaing lamb meat can be a booster to burn fat.
Also, the production of L-carnitine tends to decrease with people’s age. For people who think that they’re not losing weight compared to when they were younger, L-carnitine may help improve physical performance.
Some people may think "meat = high calories", but lamb meat is generally low in calories so it’s recommended for dieting. For example, the calorie per 100 g of beef is 259 cal, but the calorie per 100 g of lamb meat is 198 cal. It's a surprising fact that chicken at 204 Cal per 100g has a higher calorie to gram ratio. Therefore, lamb meat is recommended for those who want to ensure a good amount of food while watching for their calorie intake.
Easy Recipes by Just Changing the Meat!
People who think lamb meat is difficult to cook, no worries! Today we’ll introduce an easy recipe by just changing the usual meat to lamb! Why not give it a try today.
- Ingredients (Serves 4 plates)
- Boneless lamb leg⋯⋯200g
- Potato ⋯⋯1 medium-sized
- Carrot⋯⋯1/2 medium-sized
- Onion⋯⋯1 medium-sized
- Curry sauce mix/roux⋯⋯140g
- 1. Dice lamb, carrots and potatos into bite-size pieces and thinly slice an onion.
- 2. Add vegetable oil into pot and heat. Add the ingredient from #1 into pot.
- 3. Add water to pot and put the lid on. After boiled, skim the foam off the top.
- 4. Simmer over low to medium heat for 15 minutes.
- 5. Stop the heat, and add the roux. Simmer until broth has thickened.
- Ingredients (for two people)
- Lamb leg⋯⋯300g
- Soy sauce⋯⋯2 tablespoon
- Sugar⋯⋯1 tablespoon
- Sweet sake (mirin)⋯⋯1 tablespoon
- Japanese sake⋯⋯2 tablespoon
- Ginger (grated)⋯⋯1 teaspoon
- Garlic (grated)⋯⋯1 teaspoon
- Flour⋯⋯2 tablespoon
- Starch⋯⋯4 tablespoon
- Frying oil⋯⋯Good amount
- 1. Cut lamb meat into bite-size pieces.
- 2. Put the seasoning and lamb into a bag and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.
- 3. After 30 minutes, gently dispose the juice from the bag and add flour.
- 4. Add starch as well.
- 5. Heat oil to 160 degrees celcius and fry the meat 3 to 4 minutes. Then increase the oil temperature to 190 degrees celcius and fry the meat for 2 more minutes.
- 6. Remove lamb from oil and plate it!
- Lamb shoulder⋯⋯200g
- Garlic⋯⋯2 clove
- Olive oil⋯⋯1 tablespoon
- Salt and pepper⋯⋯Good amount
- 1. Remove lamb from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to bring the meat to room temperature.
- 2. Add olive oil to a frying pan and lightly stir-fry the diced garlic.
- 3. Season the lamb with salt and pepper just before cooking.
- 4. Cook the lamb with medium to high heat and flip over once it turns golden brown.
- 5.Cook the other side as well to the same browness.
- 6. Remove meat from pan and wrap it with aluminum and let it rest for 7 minutes.
- 7. Plate the meat and it's ready to serve!
Lamb meat contains essential amino acids and L-carnitine which is a great meat when watching your weight and improving physical performance. Why not give it a change using lamb instead of your usual meat and try healthy dishes!
- Yumi Katamura
- Registered dietitian
10 years experience as a registered dietitian at a general hospital. She holds classes and also writes and supervises internet contents about health. Yumi is passionate about sharing her knowledge from kids to elders about the importance of nutrients in food.
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