The nutritional value of the lamb is impressive. It contains a range of beneficial nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

Reference: Nutrition Advice

What is Lamb?

Lamb means the meat of a sheep under one-year-old age. Lamb is a nutrient-dense food, and it is high in protein, vitamins, and essential minerals.

The difference between Lamb and Mutton.

Before we get started looking at the health benefits, many people wonder how lamb compares to mutton nutritionally.

Lamb: Meat from a sheep under 12 months old.

Mutton: Meat from a sheep over the age of one year.


Lamb meat enjoys far greater popularity than mutton due to its tenderness and mild flavor.

Studies show that the texture of the lamb deteriorates with advancing age.


As sheep eat large quantities of grass throughout their life, mutton meat becomes very fatty and imparts a much more robust flavor.

Nutrition Facts

The nutritional value of the lamb is impressive. It contains a range of beneficial nutrients, including protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals.

The table below shows the full range of nutrients in cooked leg shank per 100 grams.

Calories and Macronutrients:

As shown above, lamb is a mixture of fat and protein.

Lamb fat mainly comes from equal parts saturated and monounsaturated fat. Among the fatty acids, oleic acid is the most predominant.

For those who are unaware, this monounsaturated fatty acid is also the primary fat in olive oil.

Compared to most meats, lamb also has a much higher omega-3 content.


Here is the vitamin profile: as shown, lamb is an excellent source of B Vitamins-particularly vitamin B12.


Lamb is Incredibly rich in minerals, especially iron, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.

10 Health Benifits of Lamb Meat.

Aside from the nutrient profile, lamb has many other nutritional benefits.

Here are ten good reasons to eat lamb.

1. Lamb contains L-Carnosine

L-Carnosine is a compound that contains two amino acids (proteins) bonded together: Beta-alanine and histidine.

Only certain foods contain carnosine in high amounts, and lamb is one of these.

Carnosine is classed as a non-essential nutrient because our bodies can make it internally. However, recent research shows that high amounts of carnosine from external sources may offer additional health benefits.

Carnosine appears to have antiatherosclerotic effects, meaning that it may help to protect against cardiovascular disease.

2. Lamb is a Significant source of complete protein.

One of the biggest positives of eating lamb is the protein content.

Lamb is extremely rich in protein, and depending on the cut, it contains anywhere between 25-30 grams per 100 grams.

While it is common knowledge that lamb is an excellent source of protein, not all protein is made the same.

In other words, the efficiency by which our body can use protein differs depending on the specific food and the amino acids it contains.

On the positive side, lamb contains every amino acid, and we can class it as a ‘complete protein.

The completeness means that our body can use lamb protein more efficiently than ‘incomplete’ proteins in plant foods.

Protein is essential for our health, and it encourages lean muscle mass, the growth and repair of cells, and higher levels of satiety.

3. Lamb is Incredibly Nutrient dense.

While some people like to judge d based on how many calories it contains, the caloric load says little about the food’s relative health merits.

The best measurement of the health properties of a particular food is Nutritional density.

Lamb passes the nutrient-density test with flying colors, and here is a quick summary of why.

  • Lamb contains large amounts of healthy fat, including more omega-3 than most land animals and a high level of oleic acid.

  • High concentrations of bio-available, highly digestive protein.

  • A substantial amount of vitamins and minerals, particularly Vitamin B and zinc.

  • A range of beneficial compounds including creatine, glutathione, conjugated linoleic acid, carnosine, and taurine.

4. Lamb is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

In the modern world, most people are consuming too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3. This issue is important because omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, while omega-6 is pro-inflammatory.

Providing these two essential fatty acids are relatively balanced, they are both beneficial. However, some people are eating a diet that is approaching 20:1 in favor of omega-6 to omega-3.

Removing omega-6 vegetable oils such as soybean oil is a great way to change this. Additionally, consuming omega-3 fatty acids from seafood helps to get more omega-3.

However, land animals can also be rich in omega-3.

This is especially the case for animals raised on pasture. As one such animal, the lamb tends to be an excellent source of omega-3.

5. An important source of Heme Iron

Many different foods contain iron, and it is present in everything from spinach and kale to bananas and tomatoes.

However, just as the digestibility of protein differs, not all iron is made the same.

When it comes to digestion and absorption, heme iron is king.

6. Lamb contains a Significant amount of creatine.

Creatine will be known to anyone with interest in working out and/or sporting performance.

Markedly creatine can boost muscular endurance, strength, and potentially muscle mass.

While creatine supplements are very popular, this compound also occurs naturally in various foods.

Red meat is the most substantial dietary source of creatine, and lamb contains approximately 300-500 mg per 100 grams.

7. Lamb is a source of the ” Master Antioxidant” Glutathione.

People often refer to glutathione as ” the master antioxidant” because of the critical role it plays in protecting our health and our internal antioxidant defense system.

We cannot read too much into this since there is no clinical research on humans, but higher glutathione levels track a longer lifespan in animal studies.

8. Lamb contains a source of the natural trans-fatty acid CLA.

Firstly, don’t worry about the name ‘trans-fat’ because the naturally occurring version found in animal foods is much different from synthetic trans-fat.

In fact, it may even have some health benefits.

For instance, a meta-analysis of 18 controlled trials demonstrates that supplementing with isolated CLA “produces a modest fat loss in humans”.

Furthermore, research shows that people with higher tissue levels of CLA have a reduced risk for heart attack.

Lamb meat is richer in CLA than any other meat.

9. Source of healthy fats.

These kinds of ‘health benefits’ lists generally do not mention fat.

After years of health authorities demonizing dietary fat, that is not really a big surprise.

However, let’s give fat the credit it deserves; good fat is an essential and healthy part of the human diet.

Furthermore, two specific fatty acids in lamb are very beneficial for us;


-Oleic acid

10. Lamb is tasty!

This is not really a health benefit, but it is always challenging to enjoy supposedly “healthy” (flavorless) low-fat products.

On the other hand, lamb is genuinely nutrient-dense and healthy food. It is doubtful that anyone would complain about the taste of it.

Put Simply: Lamb is one of the tastiest ( and healthiest) foods in the world.
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