Move over kangaroo: crocodile meat is the Australian superfood that's croc-a-block full of nutrients.
In a new episode of Food Unwrapped, Kate Quilton takes a look behind the growing crocodile meat industry, meeting some wild and farmed crocodiles living in waters outside Darwin, NT.
Visiting a crocodile farm, Kate discovers crocodiles are a protected species here in Australia, so the crocs used to supply the meat industry are always farmed. The meat is actually considered a byproduct, because crocodiles' most valuable body part is their skin.
While crocodile might not be an obvious choice for your next healthy weeknight dinner, the meat has proven to be incredibly lean, full of protein and low in cholesterol.
High in protein
Crocodile is a rich source of protein, making it great for building muscle. 100g of raw croc contains 22.5g of protein, which is even more protein than chicken breast.
Low in fat
Crocodile meat contains just 1.6% fat, less than even the leanest cut of beef. Its low-fat content makes crocodile meat an attractive option for people following low-calorie diets who don't want to cut meat from their meals.
Rich in Omega-3
Crocodile is packed full of ‘good’ fat Omega-3s, which can lower your risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis. Your body can't naturally produce Omega-3, so you need to fill your diet with foods containing these fatty acids.
Good for your heart
Croc meat is extremely low in cholesterol, coming in way below your recommended daily intake, so it's a perfect option if you’re trying to monitor your heart health.
Full of flavour
While the thought of eating crocodile might not immediately get you salivating, it actually tastes pretty good. Kate from Food Unwrapped compares the taste to swordfish, with others claiming it's a cross between chicken, prawn and crab.
Marinate the meat in a mix of herbs and spices before cooking it, or try substituting chicken for crocodile in this delicious burger recipe.
Whether in a burger, sausages or served up as a steak – crocodile meat can form part of a healthy and balanced diet.
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