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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Goat, the Healthiest Red Meat

Goat is the main source of animal protein to many people in many different nations including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan and many countries in South America. The work on goat nutrition and sustainable natural resource management conducted by Tuskegee and Ouagadougou Universities is important to the wellbeing and food nourishment of the world's population.


Goat is a staple food source

The University of Ouagadougou founded in 1974, is located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  The historically black Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama USA. Tuskegee, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881 partners with the University of Ouagadougou for goat nutrition and sustainable natural resource management.


The partnership establishes a collaborative Africa-U.S. network of centers of excellence in water and environmental science and technology. 

It is globally recognized that investments in quality higher education and research in science and technology leads to innovation, wealth creation, and sustainable economic growth. The partnership also prepares leaders to work globally and strengthen ties between Africa and the United States.

Goat is a staple food source around the world’s diet for centuries. Goat is the main source of animal protein to many people in many different nations including Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan and many countries in South America. 

Goat is naturally very lean having only little muscular fat. It has low saturated fat and is considered a healthier red meat. Goat can be fried, grilled, sautéed, stewed and goat makes an excellent BBQ.

There are three distinctive types of goats. 

The first are dairy goats, raised primarily for milk. There are more people in the world who drink goat milk than people who drink cow milk. Goat milk is comparable nutritionally to cow milk, but goat milk has smaller fat globules and is easier for people to digest who are lactose intolerant. 

The second type of goats are produced for meat and often goats are sold for their meat during the Easter holiday time. 

Lastly, Angora goats are raised primarily for their wool, which is known as mohair. Most people are not aware that the luxurious texture of their favorite Mohair sweater they love wearing is actually goat wool.

The nutritional needs of goats are a subject that requires a very solid understanding of food sources and the mineral and nutrients that comprise such food sources. It has been proven over time and with experience that nutrition is directly related to health.  

The work on goat nutrition and sustainable natural resource management conducted by Tuskegee and Ouagadougou Universities is important to the wellbeing and food nourishment of the world's population.
 

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