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How to Benefit Your Health By Eating Bison

By Edited Jul 26, 2015 0 0
Don't be telling people this stuff!
"Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam" and I will be healthier and happier.

Years ago when living in Atlanta, we stumbled across a restaurant called Ted's Montana Grill. In the mood for a really good, power hamburger, we browsed the scrumptious looking pictures on the menu, noticing that their burgers and other items on the menu were made with 100% natural bison (buffalo) meat. After the waiter shared his knowledge about the health benefits of bison compared to beef and other meats and assured us that the flavor was incredible, we sat down to the best burger we had ever eaten. The following will show you how you can benefit your health by eating bison instead of beef and other meats.

Things You Will Need

Source for purchasing bison/buffalo meat

Step 1

When eating bison meat, you are consuming a natural product, which is good for your health. Bison are strictly grass-fed, not fed in a feedlot. They are also handled as little as possible, and are not subjected to questionable drugs, chemicals, growth-inducing hormones or steroids that can be detrimental to your health.

Step 2

When eating bison meat, there is not a threat of E-coli and it contains no known human allergens.

Step 3

When eating bison meat you are consuming a healthy alternative meat that is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol than beef, turkey, skinless chicken and fish.


Bison: 93 Calories, 1.8 grams Fat
, 43 mg. Cholesterol

Turkey: 125 Calories, 3.0 grams Fat, 59 mg. Cholesterol

Fish: 125 Calories, 3.0 grams Fat, 59 mg. Cholesterol

Chicken: 140 Calories, 3.0 grams Fat, 73 mg. Cholesterol

Beef: 183 Calories, 8.7 grams Fat, 55 mg. Cholesterol

Step 4

When eating Bison meat you are consuming a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, minerals, and fatty acids to its caloric value. Ounce for ounce, bison has only about 1/4 of the fat beef has, is more unsaturated than beef, is much higher in iron. Studies at major universities confirm that Buffalo meat is very high in the essential fatty acids, have an excellent ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 acids and contain much more CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) than was known. CLA which is an Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, or "good fat" enhances the body's ability to promote a healthy metabolism.

Step 5

When eating bison you are consuming an excellent red meat source that is low in fat and highly rich in protein. It tastes similar to fine beef, with just a slightly sweeter and richer flavor. Being naturally flavorful and tender, Bison can be prepared much the same as beef. Buffalo falls into the organic or specialty meat category, found in the meat department at your supermarket. The cost is somewhat more than beef, however, the value is not what you pay, but what you get in return. Nutritionally you are getting more protein and nutrients with fewer calories and less fat. Buffalo is a dense meat that tends to satisfy you more while eating less.

Step 6

Bison Steak
If you do not live in a town where they have a Ted's or other restaurant that serves bison, you can find it in most grocery stores (Publix or Krogers), usually found in ground form. There are also on-line companies that sell and ship the buffalo meat to you. Buffalo can be used instead of ground beef for burgers, chili, and any other recipe that calls for ground turkey or beef. Buffalo meat can easily be frozen and saved for future occasion. The benefits of bison for you and your families health, far outweigh the little bit of extra cost that you pay for it... and the taste is fabulous. Give it a try!

Tips & Warnings

Source: For bison cooking tips and techniques: Bison Cooking 101


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