When people choose not to consume animal products, they often cite nutrition as one of the major factors affecting their decision. Table 1 shows the nutritive value of some animal products as compared with some animal food alternatives. Ounce for ounce, animal products have approximately the same calorie density as plant products. Fat content is less variable in low-fat animal products than in vegetable products. Animal products do contain more saturated fat, and cholesterol is found only in animal products. The protein content in solid animal products is higher than that in most plant products. Consuming low-fat animal products can provide good-quality protein without adding large amounts of fat or calories.
Was this article helpful?