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The Arizona Republic reports that as low-carb, high protein diets continue to grow in popularity, some consumers are looking to be more adventurous in their choice of meats, turning to such options as kangaroo, ostrich, rattlesnake, emu, turtle, alligator, even impala.

"Specialty meat is marketed as a healthful alternative to meat and poultry -- especially to those animals injected with steroids and antibiotics," the paper reports. "Most ostrich, buffalo, emu and other specialty animals are raised on grass diets and are free of antibiotics and growth hormones. Proponents extol the meat for its clean, pure flavor, while beef advocates counter that Americans prefer the best cuts from steakhouses because they taste better, with animals fed not only on grass but corn and oats.
KC's View:
We've had kangaroo, ostrich, rattlesnake, and alligator - and loved all of them. Cooked with imagination and knowledge, these meats are tasty in the extreme.

Emu and impala, on the other hand, are not items we've seen on a menu. Yet. But now we'll be looking out for them.

Because eating these kinds of products is one of life's great pleasures.