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Rabbit meat nutrition facts, calories, and health benefits

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Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan by Victoria Mazmanyan | Last updated on December 03, 2020
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Rabbit Meat

Introduction

Rabbit meat is not a part of most people’s everyday diet, yet consumption of rabbit meat in 2017 alone was estimated to be around 1.5 million tonnes (1). In this article, we will explore all aspects of rabbit meat, with the main focus on its health impact and nutrition

Classification

Rabbit meat is often categorized as game meat, meaning meat that’s acquired through hunting for sport or food. Game meat, in turn, is divided into three categories: small birds, game proper, and big game. Rabbit meat falls under the category of game proper and ground game. However, rabbit hunting comprises only a small portion of the annual rabbit meat consumption. Today rabbits are commonly bred and kept as livestock. The agricultural practice of breeding and raising domestic rabbits, mainly for their meat, fur, and wool, is called cuniculture. The USDA classifies these rabbits as domesticated poultry (2).

Rabbit meat is also classified depending on size. Fryer or young rabbit is a term for rabbits weighing from 1.5 to 3.5 pounds (0.7-1.6 kg) and less than three months of age. A rabbit weighing over 4 pounds (1.8kg), usually over eight months of age, is classified as a roaster or mature rabbit (2).

Nutrition

Naturally, depending on the type of rabbit meat and its cooking method, the nutritional value of the food may slightly differ. In this article, we will be presenting nutritional information about wild, stewed rabbit meat.

One of the best ways of understanding the nutrition of a given food is through comparison to what we already know well. In this case, we compare rabbit meat with the most commonly consumed poultry meat - chicken. In doing so, we see that rabbit meat has a higher concentration of most minerals, except for sodium. It is also very rich in vitamin B12 and vitamin E, whereas chicken is richer in B complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A and K. Rabbit meat also contains more protein and less fat.

As science and research surrounding food and nutrition grows, health-conscious customers demand foods with the best nutritional values. Even though rabbit meat naturally provides excellent nutrition, the dietary fortification of rabbits has been growing in recent years, making its nutritional properties even better. Dietary fortification of rabbits is achieved through feeding rabbits the proper diets: with high polyunsaturated fatty acids (enriching the rabbit meat with essential and bioactive fatty acids), using antioxidants (providing higher levels of vitamin E and extending the meat’s shelf life), supra-nutritional levels of selenium (contributing significantly to the selenium intake of humans), and other methods (3). Including bilberry pomace, a by-product that otherwise has no use, in diets for growing rabbits can potentially improve the nutritional attributes of rabbit meat, significantly increasing polyunsaturated fatty acids (4).

Macronutrients and Calories

Fats

Rabbit meat’s fat content is significantly lower compared to other meats; consequently, it also contains fewer calories. Instead, rabbit meat is richer in proteins, containing almost double the amount of all amino acids than chicken or beef. A study has found rabbit meat to have lower cholesterol levels than chicken and almost half the cholesterol levels found in beef (5). However, meat from wild rabbits has almost double the amount of cholesterol compared to domesticated rabbit meat.

As seen in the infographic below, most of the fat in rabbit meat is saturated, closely followed by monounsaturated fats, leaving polyunsaturated fats in last place.

Fat type information

1.05% 0.95% 0.68%
Saturated Fat: 1.05 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.95 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.68 g

Proteins

In protein quality breakdown, we see that out of all the essential amino acids, the one with the highest concentration within rabbit meat is tryptophan, with the lowest being phenylalanine.

Protein quality breakdown

Tryptophan Threonine Isoleucine Leucine Lysine Methionine Phenylalanine Valine Histidine 468% 423% 336% 283% 413% 236% 233% 277% 397%
Tryptophan: 436 mg of 280 mg 156%
Threonine: 1477 mg of 1,050 mg 141%
Isoleucine: 1567 mg of 1,400 mg 112%
Leucine: 2573 mg of 2,730 mg 94%
Lysine: 2891 mg of 2,100 mg 138%
Methionine: 826 mg of 1,050 mg 79%
Phenylalanine: 1355 mg of 1,750 mg 77%
Valine: 1678 mg of 1,820 mg 92%
Histidine: 926 mg of 700 mg 132%

Carbohydrates

Rabbit meat, similar to other meats, does not contain a notable amount of carbohydrates.

Vitamins

Rabbit meat contains significantly higher concentrations of vitamin B12, as opposed to beef and chicken, making it an excellent source for those with vitamin B12 deficiencies. It is also rich in vitamin E.

Even though it is relatively lower in B complex vitamins than other meats, except for B12, it is still a great source of pyridoxine (B6) and niacin (B3). Rabbit meat contains no vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin C

Vitamin coverage chart

Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 9% 0% 0% 5% 17% 120% 0% 79% 6% 814% 4%
Vitamin A: 0 IU of 5,000 IU 0%
Vitamin E : 0.41 mg of 15 mg 3%
Vitamin D: 0 µg of 10 µg 0%
Vitamin C: 0 mg of 90 mg 0%
Vitamin B1: 0.02 mg of 1 mg 2%
Vitamin B2: 0.07 mg of 1 mg 5%
Vitamin B3: 6.4 mg of 16 mg 40%
Vitamin B5: 0 mg of 5 mg 0%
Vitamin B6: 0.34 mg of 1 mg 26%
Folate: 8 µg of 400 µg 2%
Vitamin B12: 6.51 µg of 2 µg 271%
Vitamin K: 1.5 µg of 120 µg 1%

Minerals

Rabbit meat has the highest concentration of iron in all types of meat. It is higher in calcium, potassium, and magnesium as well, compared to beef and chicken.

Rabbit meat also contains optimal levels of phosphorus, copper, zinc, and choline.

Another advantage of rabbit meat is its comparatively low sodium levels, making it a great choice of meat for people with high blood pressure.

Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium Choline 6% 182% 23% 103% 31% 6% 65% 59% 0% 83% 71%
Calcium: 18 mg of 1,000 mg 2%
Iron: 4.85 mg of 8 mg 61%
Magnesium: 31 mg of 420 mg 7%
Phosphorus: 240 mg of 700 mg 34%
Potassium: 343 mg of 3,400 mg 10%
Sodium: 45 mg of 2,300 mg 2%
Zinc: 2.38 mg of 11 mg 22%
Copper: 0.176 mg of 1 mg 20%
Manganese: 0 mg of 2 mg 0%
Selenium: 15.2 µg of 55 µg 28%
Choline: 129.9 mg of 550 mg 24%

Health Impact

Pregnancy

Poultry rabbit is advised during pregnancy, as lean meats are favorable for the normal growth of the fetus and rabbit meat is an excellent source of B12 vitamins. Vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnant women significantly increases the risk of neural tube defects in children (6).

However, game rabbits should be avoided, especially if they have been shot by lead pellets, out of fear of lead poisoning and potential diseases (7).

Allergy

Despite all the health benefits, rabbit meat can still be dangerous for some people. A sugar molecule found in certain meats, like rabbit meat, can cause an allergic reaction. The allergy is called alpha-gal, named after the molecule galactose-α-1,3-galactose. Symptoms of an alpha-gal allergy appear 3 to 6 hours after meat consumption and include rashes, hives, difficulty breathing, hypotension, severe stomach pains. This allergy can range from mild to life-threatening, so it must be carefully managed, and dietary changes may be necessary (8).

Specific rabbit dander allergens may also cause similar issues. We may see a progressive increase in rabbit sensitization as a consequence of the fast-growing domestication of rabbits (9).

Diabetes

Rabbit meat is part of a recommended diet for diabetes due to its low fat and low cholesterol qualities and the nutritional value that is on par with fish meat (10).

A molecule found in rabbit meat, called conjugated linoleic fatty acid, may have potential anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic effects and likely help ameliorate diabetes. Rabbit meat is said to contain the molecule more than other non-ruminant animals. Furthermore, in recent years, conjugated linoleic acid has been used as a supplement in rabbit feed (11).

Cancer

As previously mentioned, conjugated linoleic acid, contained in rabbit meat, has potential anti-carcinogenic effects.

Generally, red meats are correlated with an increased risk of most cancers: colon, rectum, gastric, and others (12).

In contrast, white meat intake, such as domesticated rabbit meat, seems to have a negative association with the risk of gastric cancer (13).

Cardiovascular

Red meat is known for its adverse effects on cardiovascular health due to its concentration of saturated fats; however, as already stated, rabbit meat has a significantly lower amount of fats. The recent developments of rabbit meat, fortified with polyunsaturated fatty acids, make this meat safer for people with cardiovascular diseases (14). Rabbit meat also contains the lowest amount of sodium, among other meats, making it the best choice of meat for people with hypertension.

Gout

People with gout are generally advised to avoid eating game and red meat due to its high purines and uric acid concentration. However, rabbit meat may be a good option on this diet, as it is low in both of these compounds (15, 16).

Tularemia

Tularemia is also known as rabbit fever and is a rare disease caused by a bacterium called Francisella tularensis. It can spread to humans through a tick bite, direct contact with the animal, or poorly cooked meat. Rabbit hunters are at a higher risk of getting infected when skinning the rabbit.

Symptoms can differ depending on the route of infection and exposure. Poorly cooked meat usually affects the mouth, throat, and digestive tract with symptoms such as fever, throat pain, mouth ulcers, vomiting, etc. People exposed to tularemia usually show symptoms in three to five days, but it can take as long as 14 days. It is highly contagious and potentially fatal but can be successfully treated if diagnosed early (17).

Rabbit Starvation

Protein poisoning is an acute form of malnutrition that occurs when the body consumes too much protein, as the name suggests, and not enough fats and carbohydrates. Other names of this disorder are rabbit starvation, rabbit malaise, and mal de caribou (the evil of caribou). The names derive from the fact that lean meats such as rabbit, caribou, and reindeer contain a lot of proteins and very little fat.

The term rabbit starvation is said to have been coined by Vilhjalmur Stefansson, an arctic explorer who wrote in a book about human nutrition: “Rabbit eaters, if they have no fat from another source - beaver, moose, fish - will develop diarrhea in about a week, with headache, lassitude, a vague discomfort. If there are enough rabbits, the people eat till their stomachs are distended, but no matter how much they eat, they feel unsatisfied.” (18).

Overall symptoms can include nausea, headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, low blood pressure, and even death (19).

Protein poisoning is not to be confused with protein toxicity. Protein toxicity occurs when the kidneys are under-functioning, so the protein metabolic wastes like ammonia have no way to leave the organism and create a potentially toxic build-up. On the other hand, protein poisoning is the excessive amount of protein intake that can eventually lead to kidney damage.

Generally speaking, protein poisoning is very rare; however, with new “high protein diets,” it is important to keep in mind that the body needs a balance of all nutritions, including fats and carbohydrates.

Glycemic Index

Rabbit meat does not contain a significant amount of carbohydrates; therefore, its glycemic value is considered to be 0.

To get more information about the glycemic index of foods with no carbohydrates, you can visit this page.

Serving Size

The average serving size of a rabbit is considered to be 3oz, equivalent to 85g per eating, according to FDA Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC).

Cooking

Knowing the safe ways of cooking meats is always important, as poorly cooked meat has numerous health hazards.

For safety, USDA recommends cooking rabbits to an internal temperature of at least 160°F (71°C). The use of a food thermometer is recommended to make sure that your rabbit is safe to eat. When roasting rabbit parts, it is advised for the oven temperature to be no lower than 325°F (163°). It is safe to cook frozen rabbit in the oven without defrosting it first, although the cooking time may be about 1.5 times longer (20).

Cooking rabbit meat changes the fat composition, destroying unsaturated fatty acids; therefore, increasing the percentage of saturated fatty acids. One research has shown that microwaving rabbit meat results in the least amount of change in fat composition compared to boiling and aluminum foil baking. However, boiling treatment did the most severe damage to polyunsaturated fatty acids (21).

Another study has shown how the nutritional value and in vitro digestibility change by boiling or frying rabbit meat for different amounts of time. Boiling for 15 minutes enhanced rabbit meat’s digestibility and nutritional value, whereas boiling for 5 or 40 minutes led to their loss. Frying for 2 to 4 minutes helped obtain an acceptable in vitro digestibility and nutritional value, even though the values were lower than that of boiled rabbit meat. The frying of rabbit meat for 6 minutes resulted in severe impairment of the protein content, color, muscle surface structure, in vitro digestibility, and protein nutrition (22).

Cooking rabbit meat with oregano and sage can improve the energy value and amino acid composition of the meal (23).

Storing, Keeping & Conservation

Rabbit meat is supposed to be refrigerated at 40°F (4-5°C) or below if it is to be used within 2 days. If it is intended to be kept for a longer period of time, the optimal temperature is about 0°F (-18°C). It can be kept in the right conditions for an indefinite period, although the quality of the meat decreases over time. It is best to use a whole frozen rabbit within a year and a frozen rabbit in pieces within 9 months.

Leftovers should be refrigerated within 2 hours after cooking and used within 3 to 4 days, otherwise frozen. Defrozen, cooked rabbit meat is to be used within 4 to 6 months for best quality. Leftovers are to be reheated at 165°F (74°C).

Some studies have suggested that the shelf life of rabbit carcasses, wrapped in oxygen-permeable film and stored at 3°C (37.4°F), is over 8 days. However, after 5 days of storage, most carcasses started showing some softening, and the counts of bacteria were growing (11).

Acidity

A study has found the pH value of rabbit meat, stored for at least 24h, to range around 5.6 to 5.85, indicating that rabbit meat has an inferior shelf life compared to other types of meat (24).

Another research has found a similar number, with a mean pH value of 5.98, for both rabbit carcasses and prepackaged meat (25).

When the acidic values of chilled and thawed rabbit meats were compared, it was found that chilled muscles had a slightly lower pH value, equal to 5.72±0.99 (26).

Based on our calculations, the Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) value of rabbit meat is 16.8, confirming it to be acid-forming.

Rabbit meat - red or white

Meats are often generally categorized into red or white, based on heme iron content and myoglobin concentration. The higher the myoglobin concentration, the darker the meat.

Epidemiologic evidence suggests an association between red and processed meat consumption and an increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancers, especially colorectal cancer (27). As aforementioned, by contrast, white meat has a negative association with the risk of gastric cancer.

Rabbit meat, like all poultry, is considered to be white meat.

Rabbit meat in diets

Keto

A keto diet includes foods with high protein and fats and low carbohydrates. Rabbit meat fits into a keto diet since it has no carbs; however, it is also low in fats.

In order to achieve optimal physical performance endurance during a keto diet, a constraint of daily protein dose is required. According to some calculations, daily protein intake should be around 1.5g/kg, which translates to 90-120g a day for people in the range of 60-80kg (28). One serving size of rabbit meat contains 28g of protein, so if you’re on a keto diet, occasionally eating rabbit meat is not an issue; however, it is better to consume it with a natural source of healthy fats like cheese, butter, and olive oil.

DASH

The DASH diet recommends a low intake of saturated, trans fats, and sodium. This diet usually encourages increased consumption of poultry and a decreased intake of red meat (29).

Rabbit meat is suitable for the DASH diet since a serving of rabbit meat only has 38.3 mg of sodium while being rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Preferably, it should not be fried or salted. You should have no more than 6 one-ounce servings a day (30). Several dietary studies have found that rabbit meat has shown no negative effects on blood pressure (31).

Fortification of rabbit meat with polyunsaturated fatty acids can even have a positive impact on the potential to prevent hypertension (32).

Atkins The Atkins diet is mostly about cutting out or lowering carbohydrate intake. Since rabbit meat has no carbohydrates, it fits into this diet for both phases and all three types. Atkins diet recommends aiming for three 4-6 ounce servings of protein each day (33).
Mediterranian Moderate amounts of poultry are an important aspect of the Mediterranean diet. The intake of poultry, such as rabbit meat, should be weekly. Rabbit meat is overall common in the Mediterranian diet since the consumption of rabbit meat prospered around this area (34).
Paleo A paleo diet centers around foods that historically could be obtained by hunting and gathering, including lean meats, such as poultry or game. Rabbit meat is ideal for this diet.
Vegan / Vegetarian / Pescatarian Vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian diets, naturally, do not allow rabbit meat consumption.
Dukan Since the basis of the Dukan diet is eating meat, rabbit meat is more than suitable for this diet. It suits best for the Attack phase and can be consumed in unlimited amounts, but it is acceptable in all four phases. During this diet, rabbit meat is not to be fried or used with any additional fats (35).
Intermittent Fasting Intermittent fasting doesn’t control what you eat; instead, it controls when you eat it, described more as an eating regime rather than a diet. Lean meats are recommended during the eating periods, and rabbit meat is an excellent choice due to its nutritional benefits.
Low Fat & Low Calorie Rabbit meat has fewer fats and calories when compared to most meats, so it fits in both these diets.
Low Carb Rabbit meat contains no carbohydrates and is perfect for a low-carb diet.
Anti Inflammatory An anti-inflammatory diet discourages or limits the consumption of red meats; however, it favors lean proteins, such as rabbit meat, rich in omega-3-fatty acids. Adding linseed oil to rabbits’ diets increases the amount of omega-3-fatty acids in rabbit meat and may add anti-inflammatory qualities to it (36).
BRAT You can add white meat, such as rabbit, on day three of the BRAT diet, no sooner (37). However, protein is at times difficult to digest, so it should only be consumed in moderate amounts if you have an upset stomach.

All in all, diets are made, having in mind a generalized group of people, so it is important to pay attention to one’s own individual needs and state of health before starting a diet.

Consumption

Rabbit meat consumption is most popular in China, with a yearly consumption of 925 thousand tonnes, accounting for more than 60% of the world’s total rabbit meat consumption. China is followed by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with 154 thousand tonnes and Egypt with 57 thousand tonnes.

Rabbit meat consumption in 2017 alone averaged around 1.5 million tonnes, picking up by 2.9% against the previous year (1). According to Rabbit Advocacy Network, this number is different and reaches up to 200 million tonnes of meat a year (38).

Overall, rabbit consumption accounts for less than 3% of all meats consumed in the European Union. Consumption of rabbit meats is more prevalent in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Game meat is mainly consumed during the hunting season, i.e., from October till December. Rabbit meat accounts for 490 thousand tonnes in all of the meat production (39).

One study has researched the consumers’ attitude to the consumption of rabbit meat in eight countries: Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Hungary, China, Brazil, and Mexico. It was found that rabbit origin was the most important factor in Italy and France. In Spain, it was rated as moderately important. In China, the level of origin was rated very low, while the level of processing was considered the most important. The freshness of the meat was the most important in Spain and France, but not in Italy; however, frozen meat was not preferred in any Mediterranean countries. They concluded that no general trend was detected in all countries (40).

The consumption of rabbit meat in the USA and Canada is very low (0.15-0.20kg per head), in contrast with Malta (7.5kg), Italy (5.5kg) and France (3.0kg), even though it is at the same price range as chicken breast (10).

Production

Rabbit meat production is highly profitable due to its high prolificacy and short reproductive cycle, ability to convert a large percentage of protein intake into muscle mass, and simple feeding needs. It is said that rabbits can produce six times more meat than cows on the same feed and water.

Due to food shortages, during World War II, the British Government urged its people with posters and propaganda to domesticate rabbits and raise them for food (41).

A study in 1995 showed that six countries were responsible for 58% of the world’s meat production: Italy, France, Ukraine, China, Spain, and Russia. It also stated that globally West Europe was the primary rabbit meat producer (43%), followed by East Europe (24%) and Far East Asia (14%). North, Middle, and South Africa each represented between 5 and 10% of the world rabbit production (42). Since then, rabbit production numbers have changed quite a lot, declining in some countries and greatly increasing in others.

According to FAOUN (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), rabbit meat production has increased in China from 370K to 870K from 2000 to 2018. The numbers also increased in Mexico and Italy. However, they decreased in Spain, France, Brazil, and Poland (43).

These production numbers don’t necessarily represent consumption levels since a lot of the production gets exported, and part of the consumption is imported.

Cultural or Religious details

Many animal lovers protest the use of rabbits as food and the general conditions in which rabbits are being kept. Various organizations are fighting to protect rabbits from being mistreated and exploited (10, 44).

Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the USA. Thus, when an American multinational supermarket chain, “Whole Foods” started selling rabbit meat, they soon had to remove the product after a public outcry of animal welfare concerns. Organizations such as People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the House Rabbit Society organized protests outside 40 stores, based on the concerns generated by certain documents that showed the animals were caged in cold conditions overnight with no access to water. Eventually, “Whole Foods” announced the end of rabbit meat sales (45).

A survey was done about the intensive rabbit meat industry in the EU published in 2017 (European Parliament Plenary sitting). It was found that the majority of rabbits were kept in barren environments, often in battery cages, intensive farming systems had severe negative implications for rabbit welfare and a high rate of disease and mortality amongst caged farm rabbits (46).

However, there are specific requirements and regulations for rabbits’ general conditions and slaughter in most countries. In the European Union, rabbit meat must be obtained in establishments that fulfill the general conditions of the poultry meat directive, with the source animals being similarly checked for their health status (47). Processors must meet all USDA/FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Services) inspection exempt requirements in the USA. Processors are prohibited from selling adulterated or misbranded products as defined by FSIS (48).

FDA and NHS recommendations

According to the USDA, hormones are not used in raising rabbits, while antibiotics may be used only sometimes to prevent or treat diseases in rabbits. However, after the antibiotic is administered, a certain “withdrawal” period must pass before the animal can be legally slaughtered. During this time period, the residues of the antibiotic completely exit the rabbit’s system (2).

Genetics

Rabbits are often known for their ability to breed fast, which is part of the reason why they have been used in science to study genetics and reproduction physiology. However, only in the 20th century have people begun to move in the direction of rabbit’s genetic improvement with an aim to achieve finer meat production.

Overall, rabbit breeds can be divided into four groups based on adult size. Heavy breeds have an adult weight exceeding 5kg. Their body mass makes them a desirable meat product. Average breeds weigh from 3.5 to 4.5kg and are often used for meat production in Western Europe. A rabbit of a lightweight breed weighs around 2.5-3kg and is usually used in developing countries as meat. Adult rabbits of a small breed weigh around 1kg and cannot be used for meat production (49). Commercial production often uses heavy breeds for does and average breeds for sires.

The genetic flexibility and short reproductive cycle of rabbits are used to create bread rapidly, varying in size and muscle mass. However, most studies have found that genetic modification does not affect the quality of meat (50).

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Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Education: General Medicine at YSMU
Last updated: December 03, 2020

Important nutritional characteristics for Rabbit Meat

Rabbit Meat
Glycemic index ⓘ Source:
The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
0 (low)
Insulin index ⓘ
N/A
Calories
173
Net Carbs ⓘ Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols
0 grams
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs)
3 oz (85 grams)
Acidity (Based on PRAL) ⓘ PRAL (Potential renal acid load) is calculated using a formula. On the PRAL scale the higher the positive value, the more is the acidifying effect on the body. The lower the negative value, the higher the alkalinity of the food. 0 is neutral.
16.8 (acidic)
98% Protein
92% Cholesterol
89% Iron
84% Vitamin B12
78% Vitamin B3
Explanation: The given food contains more Protein than 98% of foods. Note that this food itself is richer in Protein than it is in any other nutrient. Similarly, it is relatively rich in Cholesterol, Iron, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin B3.

Rabbit Meat Glycemic index (GI)

Source:
The food is assumed to have 0 or no glycemic index bason on the fact that it has no carbs and that foods with 0 carbs have no glycemic index
Check out our Glycemic index chart page for the full list.
0

Mineral chart - relative view

Iron
4.85 mg
TOP 11%
Phosphorus
240 mg
TOP 24%
Potassium
343 mg
TOP 27%
Magnesium
31 mg
TOP 31%
Copper
0.176 mg
TOP 34%
Zinc
2.38 mg
TOP 36%
Choline
129.9 mg
TOP 47%
Selenium
15.2 µg
TOP 53%
Calcium
18 mg
TOP 57%
Sodium
45 mg
TOP 74%

Vitamin chart - relative view

Vitamin B12
6.51 µg
TOP 16%
Vitamin B3
6.4 mg
TOP 22%
Vitamin B6
0.34 mg
TOP 37%
Vitamin E
0.41 mg
TOP 61%
Folate
8 µg
TOP 68%
Vitamin K
1.5 µg
TOP 73%
Vitamin B2
0.07 mg
TOP 75%
Vitamin B1
0.02 mg
TOP 88%
Vitamin C
0 mg
TOP 100%
Vitamin D
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin A
0 IU
TOP 100%

Macronutrients chart

34% 4% 62% 3%
Protein:
Daily Value: 66%
33.02 g of 50 g
66%
Fats:
Daily Value: 5%
3.51 g of 65 g
5%
Carbs:
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 300 g
0%
Water:
Daily Value: 3%
61.37 g of 2,000 g
3%
Other:
2.1 g

All nutrients for Rabbit Meat per 100g

Nutrient DV% In TOP % of foods Value Comparison
Net carbs N/A 75% 0g N/A Chocolate
Protein 79% 2% 33.02g 11.7 times more than Broccoli Broccoli
Fats 5% 58% 3.51g 9.5 times less than Cheese Cheese
Carbs 0% 100% 0g N/A Rice
Calories 9% 54% 173kcal 3.7 times more than Orange Orange
Sugar N/A 100% 0g N/A Coca-Cola
Fiber 0% 100% 0g N/A Orange
Calcium 2% 57% 18mg 6.9 times less than Milk Milk
Iron 61% 11% 4.85mg 1.9 times more than Beef Beef
Magnesium 7% 31% 31mg 4.5 times less than Almond Almond
Phosphorus 34% 24% 240mg 1.3 times more than Chicken meat Chicken meat
Potassium 10% 27% 343mg 2.3 times more than Cucumber Cucumber
Sodium 2% 74% 45mg 10.9 times less than White Bread White Bread
Zinc 22% 36% 2.38mg 2.7 times less than Beef Beef
Copper 20% 34% 0.18mg 1.2 times more than Shiitake Shiitake
Vitamin A 0% 100% 0IU N/A Carrot
Vitamin E 3% 61% 0.41mg 3.6 times less than Kiwifruit Kiwifruit
Vitamin D 0% 100% 0µg N/A Egg
Vitamin C 0% 100% 0mg N/A Lemon
Vitamin B1 2% 88% 0.02mg 13.3 times less than Pea Pea
Vitamin B2 5% 75% 0.07mg 1.9 times less than Avocado Avocado
Vitamin B3 40% 22% 6.4mg 1.5 times less than Turkey meat Turkey meat
Vitamin B6 26% 37% 0.34mg 2.9 times more than Oat Oat
Folate 2% 68% 8µg 7.6 times less than Brussels sprout Brussels sprout
Vitamin B12 271% 16% 6.51µg 9.3 times more than Pork Pork
Vitamin K 1% 73% 1.5µg 67.7 times less than Broccoli Broccoli
Tryptophan 0% 43% 0.44mg 1.4 times more than Chicken meat Chicken meat
Threonine 0% 43% 1.48mg 2.1 times more than Beef Beef
Isoleucine 0% 43% 1.57mg 1.7 times more than Salmon Salmon
Leucine 0% 44% 2.57mg 1.1 times more than Tuna Tuna
Lysine 0% 43% 2.89mg 6.4 times more than Tofu Tofu
Methionine 0% 44% 0.83mg 8.6 times more than Quinoa Quinoa
Phenylalanine 0% 43% 1.36mg 2 times more than Egg Egg
Valine 0% 43% 1.68mg 1.2 times less than Soybean Soybean
Histidine 0% 49% 0.93mg 1.2 times more than Turkey meat Turkey meat
Cholesterol 41% 8% 123mg 3 times less than Egg Egg
Saturated Fat 5% 60% 1.05g 5.6 times less than Beef Beef
Monounsaturated Fat N/A 65% 0.95g 10.3 times less than Avocado Avocado
Polyunsaturated fat N/A 54% 0.68g 69.4 times less than Walnut Walnut

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NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Nutrition Facts
___servings per container
Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 173
% Daily Value*
6%
Total Fat 4g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat g
41%
Cholesterol 123mg
2%
Sodium 45mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 33g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 18mg 2%

Iron 5mg 63%

Potassium 343mg 10%

*
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Health checks

Low in Cholesterol
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 ⓘ Dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in healthy individuals. However, dietary cholesterol is common in foods that are high in harmful saturated fats.
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No Trans Fats
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 ⓘ Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
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Low in Saturated Fats
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 ⓘ Saturated fat intake can raise total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, leading to an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Dietary guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to under 10% of calories a day.
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Low in Sodium
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 ⓘ Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
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Low in Sugars
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 ⓘ While the consumption of moderate amounts of added sugars is not detrimental to health, an excessive intake can increase the risk of obesity, and therefore, diabetes.
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References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.

  1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174348/nutrients

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.