Beef Kobe, originally from Kobe, Japan, refers to the meat of Wagyu cattle. "Wa" means Japanese and "gyu" means cattle or beef. One reason why kobe beef is so prized is due to the intense veining of the meat. Kobe beef can be found in American restaurants, but kobe-style beef from a wagyu cross with angus that was created to meet consumer demand is also available in the country.
Menus do not specify where kobe beef originates from, but both Japanese wagyu and American kobe beef are similar in nutrient content. According to My Fitness Pal, a 4-ounce serving of Japanese kobe beef contains approximately 280 calories, compared to 330 calories in a 4-ounce serving of American kobe-style beef.
Like many meats, kobe beef is a good source of protein, providing 22 grams in a serving of wagyu meat and 18 grams in one of American style meat. Proteins play many important functions in your body, such as tissue repair and construction, and they are found in every cell.
Iron is an essential mineral because your body uses it to make the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues, called hemoglobin; therefore it is important to consume foods rich in iron such as kobe beef. Each serving of kobe beef provides approximately 10% of the recommended daily value of iron, regardless of the type.
Kobe beef contains more fat than other cuts of beef. The kobe beef of wagyu cattle contains 20 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat. US kobe beef contains 28 grams of fat, 11 grams of saturated fat and 1.5 grams of trans fat per serving. However, in moderation this type of beef can be adjusted to the requirements of a healthy diet. In fact your body needs some fat to protect the organs, isolate your body and provide energy for exercise.
There is a modest amount of natural sodium in kobe beef. The beef kobe of wagyu cattle contains approximately 60 grams of sodium while the United States contains 75. Although some people are sensitive to salt and need to monitor their sodium intake, your body requires some sodium. In fact, sodium helps maintain the balance of fluids, plays a role in cooling your body when you sweat and helps transmit nerve impulses.