Elk Meat's Nutritive Values from NutritionData.comSearch "elk meat" in this user friendly "third party" searchable database
promotes healthy eating by telling you, in simple terms, what's good and bad about the foods you eat. The current nutrition information on elk meat in the database comes from the:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2004. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 16. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp
Here's a list of the results for the "elk meat" search in NutritionData.com:
(matches 1-7 of 7) Lamb, Veal, and Game Products
- Game meat, elk, ground, cooked, pan-broiled
- Game meat, elk, ground, raw
- Game meat, elk, loin, separable lean only, cooked, broiled
- Game meat, elk, raw
- Game meat, elk, round, separable lean only, cooked, broiled
- Game meat, elk, tenderloin, separable lean only, cooked, broiled
Unlike the limited 2001 data (same US Government source above) displayed in the table on Elk Meat's Nutritive Values, in the NutritionData.com's database you see all the values. Plus, the results will remain current as the government updates their database.
It is possible to compare the values of various cuts of meat from one type of animal to another. It is heard to compare a cut of beef with a comparable cut of elk meat because there are so many cuts of beef it is hard to match them equally. I worked with the:
Game meat, elk, tenderloin, separable lean only, cooked, broiled
above to compare with this cut:
Beef, short loin, tenderloin, separable lean only, trimmed to 1/2" fat, prime,
cooked, broiled [Filet Mignon, Beef Medallions]
Note the information for the beef cut indicating the cut is high in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol (24%). This is with fat trimmed from the meat. Looking the elk cut it also indicates it is high in Cholesterol (22%) but this meat was not trimmed. When you look at other meat cuts you'll see how low in Cholesterol elk meat really is.
As early as August 1992 Outdoor Life had an excellent article written by Kathy Etling entitled "The Wild Diet". I've been unable to locate a copy in the library system but the page on this site has several pages from the article for early information on the nutritional benefits of eating elk meat.