Nutrition

Low in saturated fat, high in iron, zinc and B12, Ontario veal is a delicious, lean and nutrient-packed protein that is an ideal complement to a healthy lifestyle.

Ontario Veal is a great source of the vitamins and minerals we need to stay active, fit and healthy.

  • Iron – supports metabolism and plays an important role in physical and mental performance.
  • Vitamin B12 – responsible for normal cell function and metabolism, including the synthesis of genetic material that is important to the brain and central nervous system.
  • Zinc – helps the body resist infections, is essential for normal growth and development, and potentially protects against bone loss in older adults.
    Protein contains the essential amino acids needed for building muscle and also assists in maintaining healthy organs and body tissue while boosting metabolism, slowing digestion and decreasing hunger. In addition, protein is essential to keep the body’s hormones, enzymes and immune system functioning properly.

According to a nutrient analysis, veal exceeds other meat protein sources in terms of nutritional benefits.

Nutrition Comparison: 100 g portion cooked, lean only

100 g portion Calories Protein (g) Carbohydrate (g) Total Fat (g) Iron (mg) Zinc (mg) B12 (mcg)
Veal Cutlet
Pan fried†**
183 37 0 3.0 1.9 4.6 3.3
Veal Blade Steak
Braised†**
193 34 0 5.1 3.7 9.8 3.1
Veal Rib Chop
Roasted†**
188 31 0 6.3 2.3 4.8 2.6
Veal Shoulder Roast
Roasted†**
170 31 0 3.9 2.5 7.3 3.6

Source: *Canadian Nutrient File, 1997 †Nutrient Composition Ontario and Quebec Grain Fed and Milk Fed Veal, 2000

In a 2009 survey, 92 per cent of Ontarians revealed that when choosing meat or poultry for a particular meal the most important consideration is flavour. Other qualities cited included low saturated fat content, tenderness and versatility. Ontario veal meets and even exceeds these expectations!