Venison provides many health benefits. Venison is a good source of protein, zinc and selenium. It is a red meat, which makes it rich in iron. However, it is also low in fat and calories. On average, three ounces of venison has 125 fewer calories than beef and 15 fewer grams of fat than beef.
Despite the health benefits that venison provides, it is important to use caution when hunting and eating deer. Women and children should not eat the meat of animals killed with lead bullets because it can cause lead to build up in the body. There is also some concern over the current spread of chronic wasting disease among deer in the United States. It is a neurological disease, but there is no proof that it has ever affected humans or can be spread to humans. In order to be safe, it is important to leave deer that appear ill alone. Proper butchering of a deer will also reduce the chance of people contracting a food borne illness or disease.
Many states with growing deer populations allow hunting permits for deer, and most hunters are encouraged to eat what they kill. The many health benefits of eating venison far weigh the risks of eating deer meet, if people hunt and butcher the meat responsibly. Research the deer population in an area before choosing to hunt there. Avoid hunting near places where sick deer are spotted.
Store venison carefully in order to keep it safe and take advantage of its many health benefits. Freeze anything that you will not cook quickly, and give away any surplus. Make sure that anyone who accepts surplus venison is not contraindicated to eat deer meat and understands how to properly store and cook the meat.
If venison is not cooked properly, no one will enjoy its health benefits because no one will eat it. People often complain that venison tastes gamey. However, this flavor that people often object too can be removed simply by marinating it. Vinegar and milk are two marinades that will provide better flavor and soften the meat over time.