25 January 2019

3 Surprising health benefits of haggis

It's January 25th, the birthday of the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, on which 'Burns Night' celebrations in his honour are traditionally held in Scotland. A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of his life.

On Burns Night, the evening centres on the entrance of the haggis on a large platter to the sound of a piper playing the bagpipes. When the haggis is on the table, the host reads the "Address to a Haggis". This is an ode that Robert Burns wrote to the Scottish dish.

Haggis is traditionally made with sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, minced with onions, oatmeal, suet, salt and spices, but is it healthy? Here are three surprising health benefits of eating the Scottish dish.  

1.) It's rich in vitamins

It is also a great source of vitamins B2, B6, and B12, all three of which are in a group known as B-complex vitamins. B vitamins found in organ meats have a cardioprotective effect, meaning they protect against heart disease.

2.) It's rich in minerals

Thanks to the heart, lungs, and liver, haggis is packed full of iron, magnesium, selenium, calcium, zinc, and copper. These minerals contribute to healthy immunity, they strengthen the bones, they regulate hormone levels, they promote healthy circulation and oxygen transportation, and they can even help lower blood pressure.

3.) Haggis is a great source of protein 

Liver and heart, in particular, are both packed full of proteins and amino acids, which promote cellular health.

Oidhche Bhlas Burns to our Scottish teams! 

For anyone doing Veganuary, Tesco have launched a vegan version. 

Will you be eating haggis this evening to celebrate Burn's Night? Let us know in the comments section!