Meat has been essential part of the homo sapiens diet from the very start, not only because it was a hunting staple but is also full of nutrients essential to human development. There are three main nutrients in meat and if you make the right selection at the Butcher’s counter, you’ll be maximising that extra mojo from the food you eat.
Protein is the most obvious nutrient to mention, but it’s the high quality, complete nature of the protein in meat that makes the difference.
It’s packed full of different Amino Acids that the body needs to grow, repair and maintain good health and is significant to aiding metabolism. Most meat types tick the box for protein, but chicken is a particularly good choice as it’s also low in fat and high in potassium and iron.
From whole chickens to thighs, legs, breasts and diced pieces, at Hugh Phillips Gower Butchers we have a full selection of poultry to ensure our customers get their essential protein fix.
We need iron in our diet to fight off fatigue and support the immune system.
Different foods contain different forms of iron and the Heme iron found in red meat has a high biological value which means it’s well absorbed by the body. Remember red meat, so often thought of as just beef, also includes lamb and most cuts of pork and game meat, that in themselves offer a range of different nutritional benefits.
Vitamin B-12 also helps to keep energy levels up by supporting the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen around every part of the body.
It’s an essential nutrient only found in animal food sources, particularly in beef and offal such as liver and kidney.
For a great vitamin B12 fix, why not try our home made traditional farmhouse faggots. Made with only the best ingredients from our locally sourced Carmarthenshire pigs, we select cuts from the liver, heart and fore quarter before mincing and preparing.
The benefits of high welfare and natural farming methods are carried through into our own diet and at Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher we adhere to this mantra for all our products. We also recommend choosing quality over quantity to maximise the nutritional benefits of the food you eat. Ask our experienced butchers based in Swansea Market for more advice.