Lamb: How it Tastes Like and Why You Should Eat It?
Have you eaten lamb meat? What does lamb taste like? Keep reading to find out.
Do you consider yourself a foodie? Do you proudly call yourself a meat lover? Are you interested in trying all the types of meat the world has to offer? Are you looking for a healthier alternative to beef? Are you simply thinking about introducing a new type of meat to your diet?
If you answered any of the previous questions, you should try lamb meat!
Health Benefits of Lamb Meat
Believe it or not, lamb meat is one of the healthiest and most delicious meats out there. It carries all the benefits that red meat is known for (such as being high in protein and iron) but, seeing that it comes from young sheep in particular, it has benefits you probably haven’t heard of, such as:
- Reducing Cancer Risks
Thanks to its high contents of iron, vitamin B, selenium and choline, lamb meat can help prevent the growth and spread of cancerous cells in your body.
Not only that but lamb meat is full of conjugated linoleic acid, which is known to fight inflammation. Another great way of preventing various types of cancers.
- Prevent or Heal Anemia
Anemia presents when there’s an iron deficiency in the body. Lamb has a much higher iron content than other types of red meat, which means that eating this delicious meat can help improve the iron content of your blood.
While this is undoubtedly beneficial no matter your age, it’s doubly so for pregnant women, as anemia is known to cause diseases and even birth defects.
- Reduce Stroke Risks
Eating red meat in excess can increase your risks of suffering a stroke, but no danger comes when you eat it in moderation and you can even see some benefits when you do this.
Thanks to its high potassium content, lamb can help your body reduce the sodium in your body. This, in turn, can help you minimize your risk for stroke and other sodium related issues, such as kidney stones.
- Improving Bone Health
Perhaps because lamb is acquired from young animals, its calcium content is remarkably high. This can improve your bone density and health, which is particularly important as you age.
While there are some undeniable health benefits to eating lamb, it’s important to eat this meat (as well as any other type of red meat) in moderation, as excessive red meat eating can lead to hypertension and high cholesterol levels.
Likewise, lamb can raise the sugar content of your blood. While this isn’t a problem for most healthy people, if you suffer from diabetes you should consult with your physician before eating this meat.
What Does Lamb Taste Like?
So you’ve read the many reasons why lamb can be beneficial for your health and now you want to try it.
However, you don’t want to spend money on a meat you’ve never tried before and you can’t seem to find any local restaurant where they serve it.
Don’t worry! We’re here to help you out by telling you how lamb tastes like.
This way you can decide whether you really want to try this meat or not.
Lamb Tastes Like…
Lamb comes from young sheep, usually under 1 year of age. This gives the meat a very tender texture that’s unlike any other. It’s firmer than chicken but nowhere near as firm as beef, with a fattier flavor and a stronger, meatier flavor.
People will often describe lamb as having a “gamy” flavor but, let’s face it, ‘gamy’ doesn’t really describe any taste.
Lamb flavor is strong and very noticeable. At no point you will think you’re eating beef, chicken or any other type of meat. However this flavor is pleasant and, combined with the softness of the meat and its juiciness, it really does make for an amazing dish.
What Can Alter Lamb Flavor?
There are two things that can change lamb’s flavor:
- How was it raised: Whether it was grass-fed, which is common in places like Scotland, New Zealand or Australia; or whether it was fed with grain, which is more common for barn raised lambs, which are more often found in America.
- How was it cooked: The way lamb is cooked tends to have a noticeable effect on the way it tastes. We’re not talking about the ingredients (of course those will change the way lamb tastes like) but rather the methods used to cook like on the grill, in the oven or on a pan. Slow cooked lamb will have a juicer texture and milder flavor, whereas roasted lamb will be chewier and with a stronger flavor.
Lamb is a delicious meat that you should try at least once, in order to determine whether you like it or not. It goes particularly well with rosemary, mint and other herbs with a strong flavor, so try using those to cook your lamb.
We promise the results will be delicious!