Is Bison Healthier than Beef?

bison2First, let’s set one thing straight.

Most of us eat way too much red meat. In an often-cited study from Harvard, researchers found that 9% of male deaths and 7% of female deaths would be prevented if people lowered red meat consumption to 1.5 ounces (or less) per day.

In other words, we should eat red meat sparingly – if at all.

Having said that, there are significant nutritional differences between bison and beef. Also, it’s worth noting that bison is often incorrectly referred to as buffalo meat. Buffalo are different mammals, and only live in portions of Asia and Africa. In fact, they’re very different from the American bison that’s available in your grocery store.

One big advantage to bison meat is lower fat content. Though fat content varies greatly from cut to cut, you’ll generally find about half the fat in a comparable cut of bison. A beef burger, for example, has nine grams of fat. A bison burger of the same size has 4 grams. With reduced fat content, bison also has fewer calories than beef.

It’s also more common for bison to be grass-fed, though you’ll need to check with your supplier. Grass-fed meats offer a number of nutritional advantages. Beyond reduced fat, grass-fed meats are lower in cholesterol, higher in omega-3 fatty acids and contain more vitamins and antioxidants.

But let’s not get carried away; bison meat isn’t a nutritional miracle – and you’re much better off eating some steamed vegetables or a nourishing and colorful salad. But if you’ve got a craving for red meat, bison meat does offer a nutritional upgrade from beef.

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Comments

  1. I like the comment that bison tends to be more likely to be grass fed. My issue is the price. Is bison significantly more expensive than beef. I have not looked recently but is it hard to find at local grocery stores?

  2. Thanks for the info. I admittedly eat more red meat than I should, but I cannot pass up a great steak! It is not out of control, but I could cut back a little. Interesting facts about bison meat as well. Thank for sharing.