Is Bison really better for you?

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Bison BurgersLately we’ve been trying to add some different proteins into our meals at our house. I always make the same assortment of things like Chicken, Fish, Steak, etc. We’ve also been using the grass fed beef for burgers as well. So now we decided to try Bison.

I asked my husband the other night? What is Bison? He said “Buffalo”. Then I said “Why don’t they just call it buffalo?” That got me to thinking so I started to research it and this is what I found. Apparently the two names are interchangeable and basically mean a four legged, hairy animal with a hump. Similar to an ox or a cow. Although for some reason they seem to be treated by the farmers as the elite. They are grass fed and are generally raised in a freer environment. Sounds good so far.

Now after further investigation I can see why the meat has become so popular. It is super lean and contains a lot less calories than beef or even chicken. Still packing a lot of protein without all the saturated fat.

NUTRITION

 

Fat
(grams )

Calories
(kcal)

Cholesterol
(mg)

Iron
(mg)

Vitamin B12
(mcg)

Bison

2.42

143

82

3.42

2.86

Beef (choice)

10.15

219

86

2.99

2.65

Beef (select)

8.09

201

86

2.99

2.64

Pork

9.66

212

86

1.1

0.75

Chicken
(skinless)

7.41

190

89

1.21

0.33

Sockeye Salmon

10.97

216

87

0.55

5.80

Source: USDA

 

It also contains some great nutrients like zinc, niacin, iron, vitamin B6 and Selenium. So if you want something a little healthier in the red meats, Bison might be a great alternative. Now of course I am always skeptical when I’m trying something new and seeing how it tastes.

The first few times we made it I didn’t season it much and it tasted kind of weird to me. I wasn’t sure it was something I could get used to. Now the other day I made Bison Burgers and I added chopped mushrooms, onions, and some Montreal seasoning I use on steaks. Perfect! Served it on a lettuce leaf and some chickpea salad on the side. It was a hit and I will definitely be adding Bison to my mix of proteins.

Give it a try and let me know what you think?

Health & Happiness! Janet

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