What is veal meat?
Veal, or calf, obviously comes from the cow, the mother of the family. She gives birth to male calves and female calves (also called heifers). These heifers will grow to become dairy cows, eventually replacing the mother and continuing to contribute to the milk supply.
The male calf, meanwhile, has two possibilities. It can get to maturity and become beef, or it can be used for veal production. However, it’s only a small percentage of it that will be used for this production, which is why veal sometimes costs more than beef because of its scarcity.
Usually, this meat comes from calves of about 20 weeks old (5 months) at the time they get slaughtered.
What are the veal benefits?
In general, organic milk-fed veal meat has a lot of benefits and nutritional facts.
Low fat: organic Veal meat is lean or extra lean and has a lot less fat than beef meat.
Selenium: This meat also contains elements like selenium. Selenium helps protect the system against free radicals, which provokes cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
Iron: The human body needs iron in red blood cells to transport oxygen. Iron is a great source of energy too.
Vitamin B12: This vitamin helps a lot with our energy. It’s like a recharge. It also helps the red blood cells reproduce. Finally, this vitamin can affect mood in a positive way.
Vitamin D: This vitamin, also known as the ‘’sunshine vitamin’’, contributes to the proper functioning of muscles and bone health. Animals sold by Miller's Organic Farm enjoy ample time outside.
Phosphorus: This metalloid is omnipresent in our system and helps for bone metabolism, the neurological system, and energy.
Magnesium: Here’s another one that’s really useful for us! Magnesium fights depression and spasmophilia, prevents arrhythmia and cardiovascular diseases, and can lower fatigue. These are just some of magnesium’s benefits.
Zinc: Zinc is excellent against cold, flu, as well as some digestive problems. Some even tell that zinc could protect from prostate cancer.
Vitamin B3: Vitamin B3 has got plenty of benefits; it helps create sexual hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. It also helps to produce insulin and hemoglobin. Lastly, it contributes to the creation of keratin, good for hair health.
Vitamin A: You’ll mostly find vitamin A in veal liver. It allows preventing some diseases such as breast cancer, cataracts, malaria, measles, to name just a few.
What are the milk-fed veal benefits?
What are the differences between grain-fed veal and milk-fed veal? Mainly, it’s their diet. The first one is fed with grains, cereals, corn, etc.
Milk-fed veal is fed with, you guessed it, milk. Just like newborns. Its diet makes it that light pink color.
Milk-fed veal pros
Nutrient-rich: As mentioned above, milk-fed veal (and veal in general) contains a lot of nutrients such as vitamins that are essential for the proper functioning of the human body and immune system.
Tenderness: Milk gives much more tenderness to the veal meat. And apart from their diet, milk-fed calves are generally raised less long than grain-fed ones, about 5 to 8 weeks less. This gives some more time to develop muscular tissue and deprive them of a bit of tenderness.