American Lamb Nutrition

American Lamb is an excellent source of protein, Vitamin B-12, niacin, zinc and a good source of iron.

PROTEIN

Our bodies need a constant supply of protein to build tissue and/or repair body cells as they wear out. A 3-ounce serving of cooked lean lamb provides 48 percent of the protein an average person needs in a day.

B-VITAMINS

Lamb contains a substantial amount of several B-vitamins. Vitamins B-12 which is only found naturally in animal foods is important for the normal functioning of body cells and the nervous system. Niacin (another B Vitamin) promotes healthy skin, nerves, and aids in digestion. A 3-ounce serving of cooked lean lamb provides 37 percent of the Vitamin B-12 and 27 of the niacin most people need in a day.

ZINC

Zinc is a mineral that the body needs to form enzymes and insulin. A 3-ounce serving of cooked lean lamb provides 30 percent of the zinc most people need in a day.

IRON

Iron is an important nutrient that helps red blood cells carry oxygen to and from other cells in the body. People who are low on iron become anemic. A 3-ounce serving of cooked lamb provides 10 percent of the iron most people need in a day.

Compared to other meats, lamb has very little fat marbling throughout the meat. With most fat limited to the outside edges, it’s easily trimmed. That means fewer calories – only 175 in an average 3-ounce serving.

A recent study showed that only about 36 percent of the fat in lamb is saturated. The rest is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, the “good” fat in our diets.