the benefits of consuming bison

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If you haven’t already guessed I am a firm believer of the health benefits present in the animals we raise. Our family enjoys all aspects of the bison species from conservation to consumption and if you haven’t tried it, I’m sure yours will too! Bison producers are committed to raising bison as naturally as possible, the way nature intended, to produce flavorful, healthy meat and to the humane and sustainable raising of the animal. Bison are not domesticated, they spend their lives on grass and are not subjected to chemicals or growth hormones. This commitment benefits all of us by preserving this magnificent, iconic animal. The people who choose to enjoy the natural, delicious and healthy option to eat bison meat are helping to preserve bison and enjoy the healthy benefits.

Bison is the perfect protein and is a highly nutrient dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral and fatty acids to its caloric value. Bison is a fantastic choice for the health conscious individual as it has significantly less fat and calories, less cholesterol and bison contains higher amounts of protein, iron and vitamin B-12 than beef, pork, chicken and salmon. 

Some Facts about Bison Meat
-Bison meat has a high percentage of  healthy fatty acids like Omega-3
-You can get bison in all your favourite cuts: steaks, roasts, ground, jerky, sausage, deli meats, smokies etc.
-Bison is incredibly lean with little marbling but is still incredibly lean
-Bison has 26% more iron than beef
-Bison has 87% less fat than beef
-Bison has 8% less cholesterol than chicken
-Bison has 766% more vitamin B-12 than chicken
-Bison has 32% less fat than chicken
-Beef has 98% more calories than bison
-Bison is North Americas original red meat
-The American Bison Association recommends consuming bison for a heart healthy diet

High in Iron
Bison meat is considerably high in iron-in fact that’s what gives the meat the bright red color that makes it noticeably brighter than beef. 4.0 oz. of bison contains 37% of our daily iron intake. The iron in animal products is more bio-available which helps humans to absorb it faster than synthetic iron supplements.
Iron
-improves brain function
-increases muscle function
-better oxygen transportation
-improved hemoglobin formation

Helps Prevent Oxidative Stress
You might not think “antioxidants” when you think of bison meat, but consuming it is a great way to boost your intake of selenium. Selenium benefits are similar to the benefits of antioxidants — in fact, selenium acts as an antioxidant by helping prevent oxidative stress that causes cellular damage and winds up speeding up the aging process.  This is why we rely on a nutrient-dense diet to counteract these effects and keep us feeling young.

Supports a Strong Immune System
Bison meat is a great way to naturally acquire zinc.  Zinc is critical for proper immune system and cellular functioning.

With the obvious health benefits bison meat offers by being so rich in vitamins and minerals it is a valuable addition to any meal plan and is often first choice of health conscious individuals. 

Wondering where to purchase Bison Meats?  The BisonFinder App created by the National Bison Association is the first app of its kind dedicated to locating quality bison meat near you! Simply download the app from the iTunes or Google Play stores for free and the BisonFinder app will locate retailers, restaurants and ranches close to you that sell healthy, delicious and natural bison.

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As a consumer I hope you have found this post to be valuable and if you haven’t yet consumed bison meats I hope you find inspiration here to do so.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, Wednesday friends.

xox

Laur

 

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