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Nutritional Values

Nutritional valuesDishes featuring game don’t have to be fattening.

Unfortunately, many people think that eating game is a treat limited to Christmas dinner. And we also connect the holidays with high-calorie, sumptuous meals that make our New Year’s’ resolutions absolutely essential. It is a misunderstanding, however, to think that dishes featuring game are always fattening. It’s the side dishes and sauces that add to the calorie count. Most game products are actually very low in calories, lower even than the somewhat more familiar kinds of meat such as chicken or veal. A piece of hare weighing 100 grams contains 113 calories whilst a piece of veal weighing the same contains 134 calories. Wild duck contains even fewer calories: 100 grams has an energy value of 123 calories. In comparison, a piece of pork (pork steak or pork chop, for example) contains 182 calories.

Wildplaza has made up a list of the number of calories contained in many kinds of game meats. Unfortunately, we cannot provide this information for every species of game animal. 

Nutritional values of game (unit: per 100 g)
Protein Carbs Fat
Bison steak 101 23,0 0 1,0
Domestic pigeon 294 18,4 0 23,8
Domestic duck 404 11,5 0 39,3
Domestic duck fillet 341 20,0 0 29,0
Wild duck 211 17,4 0 15,2
Wild duck fillet 123 19,9 0 4,3
Pheasant 260 33,0 0 13,0
Domestic goose 350 15,6 0 32,0
Wild goose 274 29,1 0 17,5
Foie gras 462 7,0 6 45,6
Hare  113  21,5  0  3,0
Venison  143  0  0  5,0
Kangaroo  95  20  0  1,0
Domestic rabbit  174  21,0  0  10,0
Wild rabbit  133  22,0  0  5,0
Partridge  115  25,0  0,5  1,4
Deer  118  21,4  0  3,6
Springbok  105  22,0  0  3,0
Ostrich  103  19,0  0  1,1
Boar  105  19,0  0  3,0
 Sources include        


Natural products    

Game meats are healthy not just because they are low in calories. All game meats are natural products that are rich in iron and proteins. Many people enjoy game because of its elegant natural flavour. Unlike domestic meats such as beef, chicken or turkey, game really does taste different. The meat of most game species is also darker in colour than what you are used to seeing in a meat. Because game species have greater freedom of movement, their muscles receive better blood circulation. This provides not only a darker colour but also contributes to a more elegant flavour. There are many kinds of game meat. The most familiar are hare and venison, but the meat from other game species such as wild duck, pheasant, wood pigeon, partridge and wild goose are equally delicious and offer an infinite number of low-calorie culinary possibilities.

For information about more game species, glance through the column on this page.

Photo: Roast wild duck with fruit (NBPW - Alphen a/d Rijn)