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Emu Oil & Meat Facts & FAQs

Emu products and the uses for these products are many and varied. Below are some interesting facts and figures. If you don't find the answers to your questions here or on the research and testimonials page, please feel free to contact us. We'll add the answers to some of your questions here as we receive them.

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Emu Oil Facts

Emu oil is said to be nature's "perfect emollient". It is a superb transdermal carrier that promotes healing from the inside out.


Emu Meat Facts

Today's health conscious consumers are discovering emu meat. The red meat is an excellent alternative for health-conscious consumers who love the taste of traditional red meat, but desire lower cholesterol, fat, and calories.

Here are some other emu meat facts:

Nutritional Comparison of Meats

Nutritional Comparison of Meats

  RDI 5 Venison 1 Ostrich 1 Emu 1 Bison 1 Beef 2 Turkey 2 Elk 1
Protein (gm) 50 26.5 26.2 28.4 24.2 25.0 27.4 26.6
Fat (gm) <654 8.2 7.1 4.7 14.8 16.4 13.2 8.4
% Saturated fat 3 -- 52 30 25 44 39 26 48
Cholesterol (mg) <300 98 83 87 85 81 102 78
Iron (mg) 18 3.4 3.4 5.0 3.1 2.4 1.9 3.3
Calories (kcal) -- 189 175 164 237 255 235 190
Copper (mg) 2 .13 .14 .24 .21 .09 .09 .14
Sodium (mg) <2400 78 80 65 67 70 107 85
Magnesium (mg) 420 23.9 22.6 28.7 19.8 21 24 23.7
Manganese (mg) -- .013 .017 .030 .010 .016 .020 .011
Phosphorus (mg) 1000 228 224 269 184 160 196 221
Potassium (mg) -- 364 323 375 306 312 270 354
Selenium (mcg) -- 10 34 44 35 19 37 17
Zinc (mg) 15 5.2 4.3 4.6 4.3 5.4 2.9 6.6
Folic Acid (mcg) 420 8.2 14 9 15.1 9 7 7.7
Vitamin B12 (mcg) 6 2.3 5.7 8.5 2.3 2.0 .33 2.6
Vitamin B 6 (mg) 2 .47 .50 .83 .37 .27 .39 .42
Thiamin (mg) 1.2 .50 .21 .32 .12 .06 .05 .13
Niacin (mg) 16 9.3 6.6 8.9 4.9 4.7 4.8 5.3
Riboflavin (mg) 1.3 .33 .27 .55 .26 .26 .17 .32

Shaded areas indicate most desired in that classification.
(gm=grams, mg=milligrams, mcg=micrograms, Kcal=kilocalories)

1 = Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison, June, 2000 Alternative Meat Study funded by USDA
2 = Source: United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
3 = percent of fat composed of saturated fatty acids
4 = Based upon 2000 calorie diet
5 = Reference Daily Intake (National Academy of Sciences)


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is an emu?
An emu is a "ratite" - a flightless bird. The ratite group also includes ostrich and kiwi. The mature emu is five to six feet tall, weighing between 90 and 120 pounds. The curious birds are born with black and white striped feathers but are tan, brown, and black as adults.
When do emus begin reproduction?
Emus begin laying eggs as early as 16-18 months of age, but laying normally begins at two to three years. Emus lay large green eggs between November and March. Emus can be productive for more than 20 years and can lay 20-50 eggs in a season.
Where does emu oil come from?
Emu oil comes from a thick pad of fat on the back of the bird that was initially provided by nature to protect the animal from the extreme temperatures of its Australian homeland.
What does emu meat taste like?
With more protein and less calories and sodium than most other red meat, emu meat is similar in taste and texture to lean beef.
What is the best way to cook emu meat?
Since emu meat is low fat and loses moisture quickly, it is best when cooked to rare or medium rare doneness (145º to 160º F internal temperature as measured by a meat thermometer). For those who prefer meat that is well done, a moist heat cooking method is recommended.
What is emu oil used for?
Emu oil has been reported to help in the promotion of skin moisture, epidermal healing, pain relief of arthritis and skin cell growth. Emu oil is also reported to lower cholesterol when taken internally. Emu oil, from some suppliers (including Wilderness Emu Ranch) has been approved as a dietary supplement. From these suppliers it is safe for human ingestion.
When would I use emu oil?
Emu oil may help with muscles sore from exercise, arthritis and/or rheumatic pain, or other minor aches, pains and dry skin.
How do I use emu oil?
Apply emu oil to the affected area and then massage the oil into the painful area until all of the oil is absorbed. Apply as often as needed and remember - a little goes a long way.

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