Bison VS Beef
Bison, more commonly known as buffalo, meets the American Heart Association dietary guidelines and is often prescribed to those needing to limit their fat intake. It is higher in protein and iron and lower in calories than beef. It also contains all of the omegas fatty acids, amino acids, folate, and B12. It has 70-90% less fat and around 50% less cholesterol than beef. It also contains less fat than even chicken.
Because bison do better when left to graze freely there is little chance of their meat being tainted by growth hormones or feed that isn’t healthy for the animals like you do with some beef. Their living conditions are also generally better than some of the beef being produced today.
The flavor is similar to beef but a little lighter and sweeter. Many times people don’t realize the sweetness in the flavor until they eat it for a while and then go back to beef. It doesn’t leave that greasy feel in your mouth when you eat it and isn’t gamey like the wild meats of elk and deer. It has a darker color and faster cooking time than beef and you can, therefore, use a lower cooking temperature. There is more meat per ounce after cooking than with beef because it doesn’t marble like beef. They do have the same muscle structure so you can get basically the same cuts of meat.
Although harder to find in some areas of the country it is becoming more and more popular. It is a little more expensive than beef, however, so take a look at your budget before purchasing. Because of all of the health benefits, it would be worth taking a look at for an overall healthy diet.
Bison is a great option to substitute for the beef in any of these recipes. Health coaches are available to answer questions at 800-980-7208.