5 Interesting facts about meat and poultry

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Meat and poultry are great sources of protein. They also provide our bodies with many nutrients, vitamins and essential fatty acids. It is important to add meat and poultry to your weekly balanced diet. Here are some interesting meat and poultry facts.

  1. Chicken

Did you know that the humble chicken has full-colour vision and can dream just like humans do? Chicken is also an excellent low-calorie source of protein with significant nutritious benefits. They are rich with vitamin B12 that helps promote brain development in children and can also help regulate your mood. You can never go wrong with a delicious chicken meal. It can be prepared in several ways, whether you are craving a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup, a flavourful family chicken roast or a simple one pot meal for two. Here is a handy tip for cooking any chicken dish, you need to properly defrost the chicken and cook it at room temperature to keep it from drying out.

  1. Duck

Ducks only lay eggs during daylight, the longer the daytime the more eggs they will lay. If you haven’t tried duck before or you occasionally enjoy a delicious Peking duck dish, here are a couple reasons why you should include duck in your diet. It is a great source of selenium which is an important antioxidant that can help fight inflammation and boost immunity. Duck is also rich in iron, zinc and vitamin C. A perfectly cooked duck breast should be cooked in a pan for 5 minutes without oil and finished off in the oven for 15-18 minutes.

  1. Beef

Wagyu cattle is probably healthier than most human begins. Their diet consists of a variety of vegetables and fruits to make sure they get that extra dose of calcium and vitamins. No wonder it is the most expensive beef in the world. Beef provides an antioxidant that provides anti-aging benefits, reduces the risk of chronic disease and strengthens immunity. Nothing says family-style like a perfect hamburger meal, but before you fire up that grill you need to make sure you have the right beef cut for your burgers. Chuck steak, sirloin and round are the most used cut of beef in burger blends. You will also need to add at least 30% of fat to make sure you get that juicy delicious flavour.

  1. Turkey

Turkeys can fly although they don’t make it that far, usually less than 1 kilometre. Wild Turkeys are among the five largest flying birds in the world and they can often swim by tucking their wings and kicking. Turkey is a rich source of vitamin B, zinc and selenium, it’s also low on saturated fat and contains less cholesterol than chicken or beef. If you want to serve a standout turkey feast you will need to cook the turkey on a rack of vegetables and rub it with butter before putting it in the oven.

  1. Lamb

Sheep have nearly 360-degree vision, their rectangular pupils give them amazing peripheral vision estimated between 270 and 320 degrees; humans vision is averaged at 155 degrees. Lamb contains many vitamins and minerals including vitamin B, selenium, phosphorus, and iron. Lamb helps improve muscle function and may help prevent Anemia. Because leg of lamb is the most common dish cooked in any cuisine, you will need to learn how to perfectly prepare it. The lamb doesn’t need to be marinated, it needs to cook for 25 minutes at 65 degrees and finally let it rest for about 20 minutes before serving it. 

The Waterfront Market has a unique meat and poultry market that offers a wide selection of local and internationally sourced fresh chicken, lamb, beef and other meat items in a variety of cuts. You will find everything you need whether it’s sausages, burgers or lamb cubes for the perfect family barbecue or a delicious spicy mutton curry.