Nutrition for Lamb (ground)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Lamb Nutrition Summary

One pound of cooked ground lamb (453.3 grams) contains 1283 calories and 112.2 grams of protein. Lamb consist of 55% water, 25% protein, 20% fat, and less than 1% of carbohydrates.

Lamb is an excellent source of many nutrients, including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12. It also contains significant amounts of magnesium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and choline.

In one pound of cooked ground lamb:

  • Calories: 1283
  • Protein: 112.2 g
  • Fat: 89.1 g, (Saturated: 36.8 g)
  • Cholesterol: 439.7 mg
  • Sodium: 367.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar or dietary fiber in lamb.

See the Lamb Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Lamb, ground, cooked, broiled.

Calories in Lamb

Lamb has 1283 calories per pound or 283 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat and protein.

64% of calories in lamb are from fat and 36% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 64% of the calories in ground Lamb are from fat. Lamb is high in total fat, with 89.1 grams or 139% of recommended daily values per pound. Most of the fat in lamb are healthier unsaturated fats but it also contains a high amount of saturated fat, about 200% of recommended daily values.

Lamb contains 439.7 mg of cholesterol and no trans-fat.

  • Total fat: 89.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 439.7 mg
  • Saturated fat: 36.8 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 37.7 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 6.3 g
There is no significant amounts of trans fat in lamb.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 in Lamb

Lamb is a source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, containing a total of 1.18 grams for every pound. It contains significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid. [2]

  • alpha linoleic acid: 1.18 g
Also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every pound of lamb contains a total of 5.2 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in lamb comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 4.85 g
  • other omega 6: 0.32 g
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in lamb is 4.4: 1.

Calories Similar to Lamb

Some other proteins with similar calories to lamb by weight:
  • Beef: -27 calories
  • Spam: +45 calories
  • Pork: +63 calories
  • Ham: -91 calories

Protein in Lamb

An excellent source of protein, a single pound of Lamb contains 224% of recommended daily values or 112.2 grams of protein. In addition, lamb is also a source of complete protein, meaning it abundantly contains all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 112.19 g
  • Tryptophan: 1.31 g
  • Threonine: 4.8 g
  • Isoleucine: 5.41 g
  • Leucine: 8.73 g
  • Lysine: 9.91 g
  • Methionine: 2.88 g
  • Phenylalanine: 4.57 g
  • Valine: 6.05 g
  • Histidine: 3.55 g

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Vitamins and Minerals in Lamb

An good source of many nutrients, ground lamb contains abundant amounts of calcium, iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. In fact, a single pound of lamb contains 493% of recommended daily values or 11.8 ug of Vitamin B12. Also an excellent source of niacin, a single pound of lamb contains 217% of recommended daily values or 30.4 milligrams of niacin.

Vitamins in lamb (1 pound):
  • Thiamin: 0.5 mg
  • Riboflavin: 1.1 mg
  • Niacin: 30.4 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 0.6 mg
  • Vitamin e: 0.6 mg
  • Folate: 86.1 ug
  • Vitamin b12: 11.8 ug
  • Vitamin k: 24 ug
Minerals in lamb (1 pound):
  • Calcium: 99.7 mg
  • Potassium: 1536.6 mg
  • Iron: 8.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 108.8 mg
  • Zinc: 21.2 mg
  • Selenium: 125.6 ug
  • Phosphorus: 911.1 mg
  • Copper: 0.6 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 423.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of vitamin a, pantothenic acid or vitamin c in lamb.

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Lamb Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Lamb in Cooking

Lamb is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Most recipes call for one or two pounds of lamb.

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