Being the current favorite of the European scandal industry, Horsemeat contamination has provided enough grounds for the residents and tourists to actually research and know the difference between regular beef meat and horsemeat.
Early months of 2013, Supermarkets in Ireland and UK were found to be filled up with processed beef products that contained 1 to 2 pct traces of horse meat and at times the percentage even rose up to more then a hundred pct when investigated in laboratory.
As far as the nutritional value differences between both the products are concerned, the calorie count in 100 gram cooked horsemeat is more or less around 175 and for a 100-gram standard ground beef it rises up to 273 calories. Cholesterol and fat levels in horsemeat are pretty low leveled as compared to beef meat.
In some countries, horsemeat is considered as a high valued animal product and is consumed the same way that we consume chicken and beef here in UK or European countries. Yes, we have different norms but then we have tried lots of other meat and food products that are even prohibited to be eaten in other parts of the world.
That said, some places of the world consider horsemeat as the primary source of nutrition indicated above by the nutritional value of it and horsemeat is far more expensive their then any other food product.
Nutritional differences cannot make a product more eatable or less consumable. Same is the case with Horsemeat. If you’re unwilling to eat horsemeatfalsely named as beef meat then you need to know as to how you could assess the difference. Lets move on and know …
- Horsemeat has got far less fat content then beef and is quite leaner.
- It is softer, milder in flavor and even sweeter then beef, so you could know by tasting it.
- Nutritional value of Horsemeat makes it far better and expensive then beef itself, if found in lasagna, well you should give it a go. ( we recommend it but then it’s utterly and completely your choice)
- Cooked meat in both the cases look almost identical so primary differences between the two can be asserted through looking at them or examining them raw.
- Laboratory tests that include, Horse protein or Horse DNA test as well as a more stable test named “DNA photocopier” can be done on such meat to know, which animal the meat belongs to.
- Smell of horsemeat itself is decidedly different then regular beef products.
Whatever the case maybe and even if you’re not interested in eating horse meat but for some reason or unknowingly, you may have consumed it, then you shouldn’t feel sick at all. The meat quality is good and the taste is good as well. But then again if you don’t want it then no one should force you in eating it, not even a different name or a branded product that lies to you saying it’s a beef product whereas it isn’t.