Why shouldn’t you eat horsemeat?
“It’s like eating a really good beef steak,” is what one of my friends said about horse meat. “It can be a little bit sweeter than other red meats, but it still has a dense meat flavor”.
In this case, if you usually eat red meat, why shouldn’t you eat horse meat, too? In several European and Asian countries horse dishes are considered a delicacy. France, Germany, Italy, Japan, China, Mexico, Brazil are some of the countries where horse meat is really appreciated for its taste and nutritional values.
Horse meat is low-fat and 60 to 70% of the fats consist of non saturated fatty acids, which play an essential role in the prevention of cardio-vascular diseases. This type of meat also contains a lot of iron (4-5mg/100g of meat) with an important role in the creation of red blood cells and in the reinforcement of the immune system. In addition, vitamins B3, B6 and B12 are not missing from this meat and its high quality proteins cannot be ignored. A three-ounce serving of roast horse has 149 calories, 24 grams of protein, and five grams of fat compared to beef which has more calories and more fats.
The truth is that this entire crazy situation which is in the media now, has ideological roots, not economic or nutritional. Some people do not eat horse due to their religious believes, while other are against it because they feel for the humans’ companion and friend- the horse. For example, the Roman Catholic Church prohibited eating horsemeat in the 8th century, and the taboo still remains. Jewish laws forbid the consumption of horsemeat because of the fact that horses are not ruminants and they do not have cloven hooves. Muslim cultures strongly advise against eating horse meat, but it is not strictly forbidden for them. Other people are simply against it because they realized that they have been cheated. They were sold horse meat as beef, and horse meat is usually cheaper.
From the nutritional point of view, if the meat was checked and if it doesn’t contain any noxious substances or drugs which are usually used for horses, it is a healthier option then beef or pork. So, in this case, if you are not a vegetarian and you usually agree with the slaughtering of the animals, why don’t you eat horse meat?