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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
"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
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
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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