Nutrition FAQs

Q. Is kangaroo meat nutritious?

A. It certainly is! Kangaroo meat is super lean, being 98% fat free, and most importantly it’s low in saturated fat. It’s also rich in high-quality protein, a good source of omega-3 fats, a good source of zinc and an excellent source of iron. Furthermore, it contributes B-group vitamins to the diet, including riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Kangaroo meat also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a ‘desirable’ fat which research shows has antioxidant properties and may help reduce body fat in humans.

Kangaroo meat is healthy and nutritious The Heart Foundation’s Tick of Approval has been granted to a variety of Macro Meats kangaroo products, including our:
  • Kangaroo Steak
  • Kangaroo Fillets
  • Kangaroo Kakadu BBQ Marinated Steak
  • Kanga Bangas (sausages)
  • Kangaroo Mince
  • Diced Kangaroo Meat

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Q. Is it okay for my child to eat kangaroo meat?

A. Just like beef, veal and lamb, kangaroo meat is a safe and nutritious meat to include in your child’s diet. The Kangaroo industry is tightly regulated and audits plus inspections are conducted routinely to ensure compliance with Australian standards and the State's regulations. Macro Meats - Gourmet Game prides itself on being an active and responsible member of the Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia.

Like all sausages and burgers, it is important to thoroughly cook kangaroo sausages, burgers and other mince meat products (e.g. rissoles,meatloaf etc), so that the centre of the meat is fully cooked and the juices that run out are clear. Kangaroo steak, strips and diced meat may be cooked so that are still a little pink on the inside – although many children prefer meat that is medium to well done.

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Q. Is kangaroo meat suitable to include as part of a low-fat, heart-friendly diet?

A.Yes, kangaroo meat is a lean meat, being 98% fat free and low in saturated fats. Saturated fats are the ‘undesirable’ fats that should be limited in the diet, especially as part of a diet to improve heart well being. A 100g serve of kangaroo steak or fillet contains just 0.3g of saturated fat. With such low levels of saturated fat, you can eat up and enjoy kangaroo meat as part of a well balanced, heart-friendly diet.

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Q. How does the fat content of kangaroo sausages compare to other sausages?

A.Macro Meats kangaroo sausages (Kanga Bangas) contain just 1.0g of fat per 100g. In comparison, 100 grams of regular beef sausages typically contains 21.4g fat and pork sausages contain 22.2g fat 1 . You can see the difference in fat is substantial – providing all the more reason to make the switch and serve the family kangaroo sausages as part of a regular, balanced diet.

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Q. Are there any vitamins or minerals in kangaroo meats?

A.Yes, kangaroo packs a nutritious punch when it comes to vitamins and minerals. In the vitamin department, kangaroo meat contains valuable sources of B-group vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. In the mineral stakes, kangaroo meat is a particularly rich source of iron and a good source of zinc. In fact, a 150g serve of kangaroo steak or fillet provides over half (55%) of the recommended dietary intake (RDI) for iron and over a quarter (28%) of the RDI for zinc.

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Q. Is the iron in kangaroo meat well absorbed by our body?

A. There are two different types of iron:
  1. Haem iron – the type found in animal foods, including red meats, white meats and seafood;
  2. Non-Haem iron – the type found in plant foods, such as legumes, wholegrain breads and cereals, some vegetables and nuts.
Haem iron, like the type found in kangaroo meat, is better absorbed by the body than non-haem iron, which is why we are encouraged to eat red meat 3-4 times a week. You can improve the absorption of non-haem iron from plant foods by consuming Vitamin C rich foods or beverages at the same time that plant foods are eaten.

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Q. I’ve heard kangaroo meat contains CLA. What is it and what are the health benefits?

A. CLA stands for conjugated linoleic acid, which is a ‘desirable’ fat found in kangaroo meat, some other red meats and dairy products. Research shows CLA has antioxidant properties and may help reduce body fat in humans, which is good news to those watching their waistline.

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Q. Do Australian dietary guidelines recommend kangaroo as part of a healthy diet?

A. Yes, the Australian Dietary Guidelines 2,3 specifically encourage kids, teens and adults to ‘include lean meat,fish, poultry and/or alternatives’. Kangaroo meat is classified as a red meat under these guidelines, as just like other lean red meats, it is a valuable source of protein and the best source of readily absorbed iron in the diet.

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Q. How many serves of red meat are recommended per week?

A. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating4 recommends that we eat red meat three to four times per week.

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Q. So it’s recommended we eat red meat 3-4 times a week, but how much do we need?

A.The amount of red meat you need really depends on your age, gender,body size and level of physical activity. However, the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating4 provides the following as a guide:

A sample serve of meat = 65-100g of cooked meat (e.g. ½ cup of cooked lean mince, 2 slices of roast meat).

Number of serves needed to achieve a healthy diet:
  • Children 4-7 years = 0.5 to 1 serve
  • Children 8-11 years = 1 to 1.5 serves
  • Teens 12-18 years = 1 to 2 serves
  • Women 16-60 years = 1 to 1.5 serves
  • Women 60+ years = 1 to 1.5 serves
  • Pregnant women = 1.5 serves
  • Breastfeeding women = 2 serves
  • Men 19-60 years = 1 to 2 serves
  • Men 60+ years = 1 to 1.5 serves

References

1.NUTTAB, 2006.
2.Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults. A Guide to Healthy Eating. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia,2003.
3.Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. Dietary Guidelines for Children and Adolescents in Australia (Including Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia, 2003.
4.Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Canberra:Commonwealth of Australia, 1998.

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