Lamb: The Other White Meat

Dear Readers,

I know what you’re all thinking, “Troi stole that catchy slogan from pork! She needs to give it back to the pigs or at least give the pigs their piece of the mud pie before spilling the pork & beans on her highly-popular* website!”

*not popular at all

And it’s true, if you’re going to eat meat—-which I do, despite volunteering at the Vegetarian Festival every year [under the guise of a vegetarian for fear of my life in the midst of all of those overzealous and underfed vegans]—-the powers that be of the pork industry will assure you that ol’ Porky is a desirable white…ish alternative to chicken and turkey, despite what you learned from the USDA meat classification system that it’s actually a red meat.

While you struggle to reconcile the white vs. red debate with your background in animal racial tensions, the origins of which date back to the monumental Supreme Court legislation “My Poodle vs. Your Black Labrador,” I have already forgotten the checkered history of pork, beef, chicken, and turkey, and moved on to Lamb: The Other White* Meat.

*At least it was, back when Mary was taking care of it and its fleece was white as snow.

“I’m rich in iron!”

I took up the hobby of eating lambs fairly recently, after eating my very first lamburger at the nearby haunt Mint, which boasts the best lamburger this side of Mary and her little lamb. I was quite taken with the lamburger, as its iron-rich content (up to 12% of the recommended daily intake for women) was alluring to an iron-deficient anemic such as myself, particulary one who so vehemently boycotts the beef industry* and needs to find alternative sources of iron.

*You should too. Here’s why.

In his book In Defense of Food, author Michael Pollan recommends on the cover that we should “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” and in following his advice I am careful to temper my consumption of lamb with iron-rich vegetables such as spinach and collard greens, and flavor my desserts with raw cacao and molasses, both of which are also good sources of iron.

But occasionally you just need a lamb. And not in the way that Mary did.

–Troi out

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