Squab Meat Nutrients and Health Benefits

Squab Meat - Dove - PigeonSquab Meat usually comes from Domestic Pigeons or Doves. Pigeons and Doves come from a Columbidae family which includes about 300 species. Squab literally means Loose Fat Flesh, so any young Dove or Pigeon is considered a Squab. Most squabs get to about a month old before being ready for food processing. Squabs and/or Pigeons have been a popular meat for meals for a long time now and was used by many civilizations. Squab meat is considered to be Dark Meat similar to the duck meat. The meat from pigeons is lean, mild, full of proteins, vitamins, minerals, and is very digestible. People describe Squab as Tender, Fine-Grained, and with a Silky texture. People cook Squab in many different ways, pretty much just like if you would cook any other meat; fried, roasted, boiled, stewed, or grilled. Dove, Pigeon, or Squab is considered a delicacy and/or exotic and very unique meat. Some people call these birds as Doves and/or Pigeons depending on their own knowledge or opinion, but according to others, the larger species are considered as Pigeons and the smaller ones are considered as Doves. The Nutrients in one Raw Meat-Only Squab which is about 168 grams are:

- Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin (good amount)
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin (good amount)
– Vitamin B3, Niacin (large amount)
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine (good amount)
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin B12, Cobalamin
– Vitamin C (good amount)
– Protein (large amount)
– Calcium
– Iron (good amount)
– Phosphorus (large amount)
– Selenium (good amount)
– Zinc (good amount)
– Copper (large amount)
– Natural Fats
– Cholesterol (large amount)
– Magnesium
– Manganese
– Potassium
– Sodium
– Omega 3 Fatty Acids
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Calories

Squab at French Restaurant - image from wikipediaSome possible Health Benefits of Squab Meat are:

Protein:
– Improves Immune system function
– Supports Healthy skin
– Supports Healthy nails
– Supports Healthy hair
– Supports enzyme production
– Reduces weight loss
– Lowers chances of fatigue
– Lowers chance of weakness
– Improves healthy development
– Supports blood clotting
– Improves healthy growth

Vitamin B3:
– Lowers Bad Cholesterol Levels (LDL)
– Raises Good Cholesterol Levels (HDL)
– Normalizes Blood Sugar Levels
– Supports Healthy Fat process
– Reduces Weakness
– Normalizes appetite
– Reduces skin infections
– Reduces digestive issues
– Provides Healthy Energy
– Improves Skin health

Copper:
– Reduces tissue damage
– Supports bone health
– Supports thyroid gland function
– Support Nerves health
– Increases Good Cholesterol (HDL)
– Decreases Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
– Reduces Fatigue
– Reduces Weakness

Vitamin B6:
– Supports Brain Function
– Provides Healthy Energy
– Reduces Risk of Heart attack
– Supports Nervous system
– Protects from homocysteine build-up
– Reduces fatigue
– Lowers chance of anemia
– Helps protect from eczema
– Helps protect from dermatitis
– Supports healthy skin
– May reduce seizures

Iron:
– Improves Oxygen distribution
– Improves Immune System
– Provides Healthy energy
– Reduces fatigue
– Reduces weakness
– Improves concentration ability
– Lowers chance of infections
– Supports healthy hair
– Reduces Dizziness
– Lowers chances of headaches
– Strengthens nails
– Protects from apathy
– Lowers risks of depression

Zinc:
– Helps prevent warts
– Helps cure from warts
– Improves Immune system function
– Supports cell growth
– Improves Wound Healing
– Improves smelling ability
– Improves tasting ability
– Normalizes blood sugar level
– Regulates metabolism
– Normalizes appetite
– Reduces depression
– Supports healthy growth in children
– Protects from frequent colds
– Protects from frequent infections

Vitamin B1:
– Regulates Energy Supplies
– Supports Healthy Heart Function
– May Increase appetite
– Reduces Numbness in Legs
– Supports Muscles
– Supports Nervous system
– Supports Cardiovascular function

Selenium:
– Protects from free radicals
– Improves thyroid function
– Reduces risk of joint inflammation
– Lowers chances of muscle pain
– Reduces weakness
– Protects from skin discoloration
– Protects from hair discoloration
– Lowers risk of some cancers
– Reduces risk of heart disease

Here are some books that can help you learn more about and/or cook the Squab meat…
The Complete Book of Chicken: Turkey, Game Hen, Duck, Goose, Quail, Squab, and Pheasant A Great American Cook: Recipes from the Home Kitchen of One of Our Most Influential Chefs Meat: A Kitchen Education

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6 thoughts on “Squab Meat Nutrients and Health Benefits

  1. wow this dish looks really good I like this site more and more each day im going to link to this site. Thanks Admin

  2. great post we all love to eat healthy but ist too bad that u cant anywhere good post to read about it. Keep it!

  3. I get a real rush of adrenaline when I’m under the pressure to cook something elaborate for my guests. I always try and do a theme, like all vegan food, or all food beginning with the letter U. But I know I’ll go mad if I don’t practice the dishes!

  4. Squab flesh comprises tremendous source of nutrition and great health benefits. nice information.

  5. Please advice us for heart patients whose already did heart bypass surgery.And these peoples can use the pigeon meat .

  6. Hello Ahmed, I can NOT advise you anything because of your heart surgery. I’d recommend that you ask a qualified Naturopath or the doctor that did the surgery on your heart.

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