Consumers want food that not only tastes good, but is nutritious; lamb fits the bill delivering key essential nutrients.
Lamb is considered by nutritionists as a good source of iron and zinc, with one standard serve delivering at least 25% of the recommended daily intakes of each. In comparison, both pork and chicken are low in these minerals. Levels of both of these nutrients in sheep are moderately heritable, allowing for selective breeding for these traits in the future.
When you think of essential Omega-3 fatty acids—those nutrients that play an essential role in cardio-vascular health—lamb steps up as a source, providing 10% of the recommended daily intake in one standard serve. Green feed in the diet of sheep plays a major role in accumulating these essential fatty acids.
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