How does an Omega 3 fat relate to hunting? Well, one of the problems related to the typical western diet is the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids in the food that we consume. Grain fed meats including poultry, the absence of wild-caught fatty fish, and processed foods are the main reasons for the severely unbalanced ratio. The typical hunter-gatherer diets of our ancestors as well as the cultures that still exist today contain a healthy ratio of about 2:1. The typical western diet contains a ratio of about 10:1. This imbalance is a problem because the excessive amount of Omega 6 fatty acids have been linked to cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammation. One of the objectives of Primal/Paleo diet is to reduce the risk factors of such conditions by eating correctly in order to more closely balance the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acid.
Aside from the thrill of the hunt and the appreciation for the animal and what it provides you with, the meat is some of the healthiest and freshest you will find. Other than just muscle meat, one can use the majority of that animal if you are feeling truly primal. The heart, liver and kidneys provide a great source of nutrition as far as the fat, mineral, vitamin and amino acid content. Not to mention, the taste of these organs (offal) is pretty amazing when cooked correctly! Although they may take a little more time and attention to prepare, they are a nutritional powerhouse which is well worth the effort. I have venison heart from my dad which I will post in the near future on the steps of preparation and cooking!
The reason this wild game is not only very tasty but also very healthy, is that it has a natural, seasonal diet. This is something that cows for example, don’t have the luxury of. They are fed whatever they are given, whether it be grain, corn or grass. Grass fed red meat is what is recommended that we eat because it is the closest to the natural diet that these animals would have in the wild. Therefore, the meat that the animal will provide has a more natural make-up as far as the nutritional value. This nutritional value I am talking about is mainly the balance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fat ratio. By eating better quality meats such as grass-fed or game, we can help bring our ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats to a healthier balance therefore, reducing some risk for disease.