The Benefits of Eating Bison Meat - Food - Cooking Tips

The Benefits of Eating Bison Meat   by Mark Main

in Food / Cooking Tips    (submitted 2011-03-12)

Bison refers to an animal that looks like an ox and it is often times called a buffalo. There large herds of buffalo are native to the North American grasslands. Yellow Stone National Park hosts a large population of the wild buffalo. They can grow to 6 feet in height and weigh between 1500 and 2500 pounds. Most buffalo have brown coats but in some rare cases buffalo will be born with a white coat. The Native Americans consider white buffalo to be sacred. Bison farming has become more popular because its meat has many benefits and can be used in many recipes

Bison is becoming a more popular choice of protein especially among those who prefer to eat healthy. Bison meat offers a lot of health benefits. Bison are not typically raised in the same types of feedlots as domesticated cattle and this is one of the main reasons why many consider bison meat to be a healthy than other red meats. Most ranchers allow their buffalo to roam freely and maintain a healthy herbivore diet. Feeding only on hay and grass makes the buffalo meat healthier in comparison to the unhealthy feedlot diets most cattle are raised on. Most of the red meat that is available in the market today is a product of cattle that was raised on feedlots and contains hormones, drugs, and chemicals.

Bison meat contains less fat compared to other types of red meat. This makes it better than beef and pork. With bison meat, you get about 2.42 grams of fat in every 100 grams of meat. Bison meat also has more protein per gram that beef, making it a more efficient and healthier protein source. Bison also has conjugated linoleic acid which is a healthy fat because it helps in the fight against cancer. This fat is also effective in decreasing cholesterol levels in the blood, and reducing insulin resistance which enhances your immune system. It can also be used to improve metabolism and increase the growth of muscle. This makes the meat a great choice if you are trying to lose weight and gain muscle mass. Bison meat is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which are required for good health. These fatty acids are useful in preventing cardiovascular diseases and help the body to function properly. Buffalo mean is also high in iron which is required by the red blood cells to help in the transportation of oxygen in the body. Lack of adequate iron in the body can cause anemia. Eating bison also provides you with various vitamins including Vitamin B12 which helps to metabolize foliate in the body. The other types of vitamins that are found in bison include Vitamin B3 and B6.

To get the benefits of this type of red meat, it is better to cook the meat slowly using low heat. This will also retain its flavor and tenderness. You can improve any of your beef recipes in both flavor and nutrition by simply substituting in bison meat.