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Wild Boar Meat Inpection and Nutrition

Wild boars are one of the few truly wild meats available under official USDA inspection. How does that come about? Well, wild boars are both an invasive species in the wild of the southern United States, and a delicious source of lean meat. Over the past 200 years of American history, European boars were introduced into the American East and Southeast for hunting purposes, and over the same time-frame domestic pigs have escaped into the wild. Breeding of the European boars with domestic pig stock have created a hyrbrid pig-boar that seems to have the best of both world's. Good size, adaptability, survivability in a wide range of climates and, of course, GREAT TASTE. Basically one ugly critter makes for very tasty wild boar meat!

These American Wild Boars are both a curse and a blessing. A curse to farmers who suffer sometimes servere losses to boar pack raiding damage. A family of boars can desemmate acres of corn a night. But that also means they have had a great diet ... just right for making meat! Enterprising individuals have been removing boars from farms for decades, eating or giving away the shot animals as fast as they could. Then someone realized they are just wild pigs. Live pigs are approved for USDA inspection.

So Wild Boar meat is derived from wild caught animals, one by one captured live in traps and pens. Since they are really just pigs, they are fed a consistant diet of alfalfa hay with corn for a couple of weeks then trucked to a USDA inspected meat plant that processes pork. Government inspection insures a consistant safe supply of wild boar meat ready for distribution to the public.

Wild boar is a great tasting lighter colored meat and is certainly nutritious albeit with more cholesterol than most.  It possesses a bolder flavor than domestic pork and a darker color. Only young wild boars are processed for the meat cuts, and processed quickly to minimize stress and quality deterioration. Older wild boars go to ground meat for making wild boar burgers or wild boar sausage.  All our leg and loin wild boar products are derived from younger wild boar meat animals.  All are done under USDA inspection and are fully cryovac (vacuum-sealed) packaged and flash frozen to -20 degrees.  Since the animals are wild, Grande Natural wild boar meat is raised with no harmful steroids, nor growth-promoting antibiotics and certainly no animal byproducts.  It is game meat the best way possible! Truly WILD!

Good wild boar meat was hard to find in pasrt years.  But no longer! Grande Natural is offering the best of young wild boar meat, available at our ranch store and via the internet at the net's most competitive prices.  While the name “Boar Meat” may instill a negative connotation, don't dispare.  Boar is a rapidly growing segment of the red meat protein market, and you need to discover its benefits .... taste and leanness.

While lower in most fats common to pork like the saturated fat, the calories and cholesterol are lower than traditional pork. It just might be the perfect meat for lean and taste.   While certainly not as lean as elk, deer or any grass-fed beef or buffalo, it is definitely not as rich as lamb, yet retains a bold flavor reminiscent of years gone by domestic pork.  Protein content is similar, but wild boar has some unique saturated fat and cholesterol characteristics.  Less saturated fat and less cholesterol means a healthier pork-type meat for you. Additionally wild boar meat has good values in iron, zinc, and thiamine together with a moderate sodium than traditional meats here in the USA.  Why not try wild boar meat?


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Raw Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 4 ounces (113.4g)

Amount per Serving
Calories 138 Calories from fat 34
  % daily value
Total Fat 3.8 g 8.3%
Saturated Fat 1.12 g 4%
Stearic Acid
Polyunsaturated 0.54 g.
Monounsaturated 1.47 g.
Cholesterol 86 mg 29%
Sodium 92mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0 g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Soluble Fiber 0 g.  
Insoluble Fiber 0 g.  
Sugars 0 g  
Sugar Alcohols 0 g.  
Other Carbohydrates 0 g.  
Protein 25gm

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 7%
Vitamin E 0% Thiamin 23%
Riboflavin 4% Niacin 24%
Vitamin B6  <1% Folate <1%
Vitamin B12  13%  
Pantothenic Acid Phosphorus 15%
Iodine Magnesium
Zinc 23% Copper 3%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be bigger depending on your calorie needs
Calories per gram
Fat 0.3 Car 0 Protein 0.9

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WILD BOAR, raw (trimmed of all fat)

NDB No: 17158 (Nutrient values and weights are for edible portion)
Refuse: 0%  

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20 (2007)

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Wild Boar meat can be lower in saturated fat higher incholesterol than most other game meats.  since Wild Boar caught in the wild, they are never fed any steroids,  hormones or growth antibiotics but may receive corn or grain just prior to processing to level out the taste.

These charts are  modified from "The Wild Diet" Outdoor Life, 8/02, by Kathy Etling.

Good Fat, Bad Fat
Species     %Saturated       (bad fat) %Fatty Acids
Monounsaturated (good fat)
%Polyunsaturated (good fat)
Elk 48.4 26.6 24.9
Mule Deer 48.0 31.8 20.2
Caribou 46.6 36.4 17.0
Whitetail Deer 45.6 30.6 23.9
Beef 46.3 45.5 8.2
Buffalo 43.2 45.0 11.8
Antelope 41.2 27.1 31.6
Rabbit 39.0 35.6 25.4
Goat 36.9 54.0 9.1
Moose 36.6 24.3 39.1
Boar 35.7 47. 17.3
Squirrel 15.2 47.2 37.6
Various game meats can be higher in dietary cholesterol than domestic meats, but the combination of more lean body tissue, generally fewer calories, means less saturated fat and significantly higher percentage of cholesterol-reducing polyunsaturated fatty acids making Wild Boar a respectable and potentially healthy choice. 
Source: North Dakota Sate University and U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nutrient Content: Tale of the Tape
Species Protein % Fat % Cholesterol (mg/100g*) Calories (Kcal/100g*)
Goat 22.0 3.0 75 144
Beef (USDA choice) 22.0 6.5 72 180
Beef (USDA standard) 22.7 2.0 69 152
Lamb 20.8 5.7 66 167
Pork 22.3 4.9 71 165
Wild Boar** 28.3 4.38 109 160
Buffalo 21.7 1.9 62 138
Whitetail Deer 23.6 1.4 116 149
Mule Deer 23.7 1.3 107 145
Elk 22.8 .9 67 137
Moose 22.1 .5 71 130
Antelope 22.5 .9 112 144
Squirrel 21.4 3.2 83 149
Cottontail 21.8 2.4 77 144
Jackrabbit 21.9 2.4 131 153
Chicken 23.6 .7 62 135
Turkey (domestic) 23.5 1.5 60 146
Wild Turkey 25.7 1.1 55 163
Pheasant (domestic) 23.9 .8 71 144
Wild Pheasant 25.7 .6 52 148
Gray Partridge 25.6 .7 85 151
Sharptail Grouse 23.8 .7 105 142
Sage Grouse 23.7 1.1 101 140
Dove 22.9 1.8 94 145
Sandhill Crane 21.7 2.4 123 153
Snow Goose 22.7 3.6 142 121
Duck (domestic) 19.9 4.25 89 180
Mallard 23.1 2.0 140 152
Widgeon 22.6 2.1 131 153

*100 grams equals about 3 1/2 ounces.

** Not trimmed of fat before analysis.

In the above chart, exept for the wild boar, all visible fat was trimmed before analysis. However, surveys show that carcasses of domesticated animals have 25 to 30 percent fat while the average fat content of wild game animals is only 4.3 percent. Not only is the quantity of fat lower in game, but the quantity is also healthier. Fat from wild game contains a much higher proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids-good fat- and is lower in saturated fat-bad fat. Wild Boar is also higher in protein than most game animals.

Source: North Dakota State University


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