Our primal family is moving to Southern Florida next month. I know alligator is often served in local restaurants there so I'm wondering if there are any health benefits from eating it. I tried looking it up on Google but didn't find find much except that it "tastes like chicken". Some people say it's a good source of omega 3, others say it has none. My assumption is that it should be a good source of omega 3 since gators feed on small fish that typically eat algae...but I could be wrong. Does anyone know or have links?
Certainly more healthy than the other way around...
http://www.wisegeek.com/is-alligator-meat-good-for-you.htm -- looks like very lean meat.
I'm not going to be too helpful on the health benefits of alligator but by Paleo rule it's acceptable. However, I can tell you I've had alligator prepared the traditional breaded and fried way and also pan fried or grilled and I will say it's not worth eating unless it's deep fried in some non-Paleo batter. I'm sure a better chef than me can prove my theory wrong, but the texture doesn't seem to work well for preparation beyond deep frying.
I've never had alligator, but I have had grilled crocodile a couple of times and loved it. It does taste kind of like chicken, but I thought the texture was almost shrimpy, if you can imagine that. It was really good. I'd say go for it, regardless of health effects/benefits. I can't imagine it could contain too much omega 6 (if that's your concern) considering how lean it is, and it's not going to be a staple of your diet, right?
according to an article on Livestrong per 100g it contains 232 calories, 46g of protein, no carbs and only 4g of fat; none being saturated, and it has no cholesterol. the author of the article used these two facts to conclude alligator is a healthy choice, which made me laugh.
i do wonder what those 4g of fat are now.
i found a completely different set of numbers at Food Reference dot com
perhaps the info above is based on cooked alligator?
Nutritional values for approximately 4 ounces (114 grams) of raw, edible portions Calories 110
Calories From Fat 20
Total Fat 2 g Saturated Fat .5 g Cholesterol 55 mg Sodium 55 mg Total Carbohydrates 0 g Protein 24 g