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A New Day For American Diets

Few may have witnessed the big, ostrich-like bird taking a big-footed, giant step into New Millennium popularity. But the American Heart Association, nutritionists and American consumers continue to discover the merits of emu meat.

Like any new product, the introduction of emu meat to the American table was met with some skepticism. However, persistent good taste and high quality earned it recognition as a legitimate menu option and the choice for health-conscious Americans.

"One of our priorities is to let consumers know the nutritional values of emu meat," said Neil Williams, president of the American Emu Association.

"We need to limit animal fat in our diets," said Penny M. Kris-Etherton of the American Heart Association's Nutrition Committee. And the AHA now recommends emu as a heart-healthy meat.

Following the AHA's lead, hospital dieticians now recommend emu meat to heart patients who don't want to give up red meat in their diets. And the fitness crowd has also climbed aboard the "emu express."

Last August, emu meat earned the "Taster's Choice Award" from "Muscle & Fitness Magazine" and raves from "Planet Muscle Magazine."

American dietary professionals have turned up the tempo of the emu option, and once the word was out, popular restaurants added emu to their menus, satisfying demands for great taste without exceeding recommended fat and cholesterol intake.

New Legislation On Tap Will Lower Consumer Costs

"As word reached the United States Congress, work began on legislation to include Ratites (the classification of animals that includes emus) for U. S. Dept. of Agriculture inspection," Williams said. "In the past, Ratite farmers have paid out-of-pocket for mandatory USDA meat inspections." Currently more than 100 legislators are supportive of the measure making emu meat more accessible to the American diet.

And no wonder! Surveys by the National Restaurant Association, Food Marketing Institute and Center for Human Nutrition say the trend toward low-fat products will continue with emu meat gaining popularity. Why? Because the meat is additive free and its nutritional profile has been featured by the American Dietetic Association. For more information, contact the American Emu Association at 208-983-5600 or www.aea-emu.org/

SOURCE: American Emu Association
CONTACT: Neil Williams, President of American Emu Association, 208-983-5600. ?

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