After the Harvest
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming 26 ounces (or equivalent) of protein foods each week including nuts and seeds, poultry, seafood, and meat. Meat, also referred to as red meat, describes beef, lamb, pork, goat, and non-bird game animals such as bison and elk. Here in Montana, elk are abundant! In 2015 alone, there was roughly 5 million pounds of elk meat harvested by Montana residents. That is about 52 pounds of meat per registered hunter! Elk can be a healthy and tasty meat to include in your diet.
- is lower in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than beef.
- is a good source of iron, which is needed for oxygen to be transported throughout the body.
- contains high amounts of B Vitamins, such as thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin, which are essential for converting food we eat into energy.
Nutrition Facts: 100g Elk Loin
- Calories: 159
- Fat: 3.3g
- Cholesterol: 56mg
- Protein: 25g
- Iron: 3.82
While the success rate for elk hunters in Montana is 15%, commercially raised elk is available in many grocery stores across Montana and can provide the same nutritional benefits! Try out this delicious Southwestern Elk Pozole recipe from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation!
Note: When hunting with lead ammunition, lead contamination is always a possibility. To eliminate the hazard, especially to pregnant women and children who are at higher risk of lead poisoning, hunt with lead free ammunition.