Nutritious and versatile duck meat, but these people should definitely not eat

Duck meat is a popular dish among the Vietnamese and it is not only delicious but also nutritious. However, there are certain groups of people who may encounter difficulties when consuming duck meat.


Duck meat in the food list is a popular dish and a good source of protein and vitamins. In traditional medicine, duck meat has cooling properties, sweet taste, and benefits the body, urinary system, internal organs, heat relief, and supports the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and supports patients with tuberculosis. The analysis of modern medicine shows that duck meat is rich in nutrients which include protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin D… This food brings many health benefits.

Notable benefits of duck meat

Cholesterol reduction: Duck meat with monounsaturated fats can help maintain desired levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and reduce levels of LDL “bad” cholesterol in the body. Therefore, eating duck meat is considered good for health.

Increased energy levels: Duck meat contains high levels of essential amino acids that help the body produce energy for daily activities. Therefore, duck meat in the menu is a nutritious food that provides energy and nutrients for the body.

Enhanced immune system: Duck meat provides selenium, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage and inflammation. Eating duck meat can support the body’s immune system.

Supports thyroid health: Vietnam has a high number of people with thyroid disease, especially women. Eating duck meat can help improve thyroid health thanks to the selenium content in duck meat. About 250g of duck meat can provide 50% of the daily selenium value.

Bone protection: Some studies have shown that consuming animal protein, including eating duck meat, can improve bone density and strength.

Reduced risk of heart disease: Duck meat also contains omega-3 fatty acids that help improve cardiovascular health. Duck meat is also rich in iron, which helps prevent iron deficiency anemia, making it very good for the body.

Although duck meat has many benefits, the following groups should not eat duck meat:

People with cold and those who have just had surgery: According to traditional medicine, duck meat has a cold property that can cause abdominal coldness, so it is not advisable to eat duck meat to avoid more serious progression. Those who have just had surgery should avoid eating heavy foods to quickly recover, so they should also avoid duck meat.

People with gout: Duck meat can trigger acute gout attacks because it contains high levels of purines that can increase uric acid in the body. Therefore, people with gout should only eat 1-2 pieces of duck meat at a time.

People with poor digestion: Duck meat has a cold nature, so people with poor circulation, which weakens other organs such as the digestive system, kidneys, immune system, should not eat too much duck meat.

Note to avoid combining duck meat with the following foods:

Do not eat duck meat with pork because this combination reduces nutritional value. Eating them together is not good for health. Pork is neutral and non-toxic, while duck meat is cool in nature. If eaten together, it can cause stomach bloating and diarrhea.

Duck meat should be cooked with the following foods to enhance its benefits:

Duck meat can be eaten with horseradish, tufted roots to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

Duck meat cooked with feverfew flowers is very good. Duck meat helps reduce swelling and detoxify, while feverfew flowers help cool liver. Therefore, cooking them together is good for the skin.

Duck meat is suitable to be eaten with pickled vegetables. Eating them together helps to enhance nutrition, support conditions such as mild fever, loss of appetite, dry mouth, and dry and swollen stools.

Duck meat combined with lime helps reduce fatigue and nourishes the kidney. Lime helps eliminate the greasiness of duck meat.

Duck meat can also be eaten with radish, which contains a lot of vitamin C. Duck meat contains a lot of protein, fat, and cholesterol. Eating them together can promote cholesterol metabolism in the blood, which is beneficial to health.