The product is rich in vitamins A, B, C and niacin, does not contain cholesterol. Reindeer meat contains 2,7-7,6 % proteins more than the best sorts of beef. Fat content is quite low therefore reindeer meat is very popular among consumers. The content of fatty acids (stearic acid, palmic acid, oleic acid) in reindeer meat is nearly the same as in beaf, but the content of unsaturated fatty acids is much lower. In average 100 g of reindeer meat contain:
- Selenium – 25 mg
- Calcium – 9 mg
- Ferrum – 5 mg
- Magnesium – 28 mg
- Kalium – 360 mg
- Zink – 4 mg
- Copper – 350 mg
- Proteins – 23 mg
- Fats – 4 mg
Reindeer meat contributes to better heart work and better blood circulation, stimulates sexual functions, decreases the formation of harmful fats, does not lead to obesity, effectively eliminates harmful effects of heavy metals and poisonous substances due to a high content of selenium.
Moreover it was found out that eating moss and lichen leads to the formation of linoleic acids in an animal body. These acids protect a human body from carcinogens and atherosclerosis. Thu, exceptional nutritional qualities of reindeer meat make it lean, healthy food and softness, fine-fibrous character and a genuine taste of venison makes reindeer meat an exotic, unique and world-famous delicacy.
Unfortunately due to a limited number of reindeer in the world, reindeer meat is not a product of mass consumption. Nevertheless demand for reindeer meat is almost always higher than supply. Produced reindeer meat is annually delivered to the best restaurants and large supermarkets.
Delicacies from reindeer meat are ecological products because reindeer pastures are located far from large enterprises and cities. During the winter on pastures reindeer eat lichen, brush wood of trees and bushes, during the summer – leaves and sprouts of young plants, berries, mushrooms. Reindeer graze only in natural environment, they do not eat artificial foods. Scientists proved that reindeer are not vulnerable to diseases that affected cattle and birds recently. Scientists proved that due to the certain conditions of subsistence and feeding reindeer are almost not vulnerable to infectious diseases dangerous for people.