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Horsemeat scandal and bodybuilding: How does horsemeat rate when you're trying to beef up? Featured

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AN INTERNATIONAL network of criminal gangs is now being blamed for the Europe-wide scandal of horsemeat being passed off in supermarkets as 100% beef.

 But, as various parties throw-up their hands in horror and others claim they knew nothing here at realfemalebodybuilding.com ponder the real question at stake here – does horsemeat build muscle?

There is no doubt that in the USA, Britain and much of Europe the consumption of horsemeat is frowned upon.

This is believed to date back to 732 A.D when Pope Gregory III began a concerted effort to stop the ritual consumption of horse meat in pagan practice and all good Catholics stopped eating it.

In many countries the effects of this prohibition by the Roman Catholic Church have lingered and horse meat prejudices have progressed from taboos, to avoidance, to abhorrence.

This position has been bolstered by our love for the horse as a pet - which is perhaps second only to the dog as 'man's best friend'.

It is no co-incidence that Black Beauty was not a Freisan and that there was a never a iconic TV show called 'Champion the Wonder Cow'.

But maybe we should get over ourselves.

In less squeamish countries almost a billion tonnes of horsemeat is consumed per year – the top three horse-eaters being China, Mexico, and Kazakhstan.

Italy is not far behind yet oddly France is nowhere to be seen.

So, what's it like to eat?

Well, it is slightly sweet, tender, and similar to a gamey beefsteak.

More importantly to bodybuilder it is low in fat and high in protein. Not quite as high in protein as 100% beef but not far behind – see table below.

Selected nutrients per 100 g
Food source        Calories    Protein     Fat    Iron        Sodium        Cholesterol

Game meat, horse, raw    133        21 g     5 g    3.8 mg        53 mg        52 mg

Beef, strip steak, raw    117        23 g     3 g    1.9 mg        55 mg        55 mg


And before we get all holier than thou about eating horse it should be noted that the Brits routinely export thousands of ponies from the southern English ponies from the New Forest, Exmoor, and Dartmoor to be eaten as horsemeat.

They are processed in a similar fashion to cattle, i.e., in large-scale factory slaughter houses (abattoirs) where they are stunned with a captive bolt gun and bled to death.

Even famous horses may end up in the slaughterhouse; the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner and 1987 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year winner, Ferdinand, is believed to have been slaughtered in Japan, probably for pet food.

The fact of the matter though for bodybuilders is that they will rarely come across horsemeat. Firstly plain old beef is marginally better, and secondly much of the meat goes into highly processed low-cost foods like burgers and frozen lasagne which should be a long long way from the shopping list of any aspiring bodybuilder.

However, if you're hungry and someone offers you a horse steak, you shouldn't automatically say neigh.....


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