Bison: It’s The Red Meat That’s Healthy To Eat. And It’s Healthy For The Environment

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WHY IS GRASS FED BISON BETTER FOR YOU THAN BEEF

A single serving of bison provides much of your daily protein, iron and zinc requirements, plus most of the antioxidant selenium your body needs each day

At least half of the fatty acid content in the grasses on the great plains contain omega-3 therefore are found in abundance in buffalo allowed to graze on native grasses.In fact, bison allowed to graze on the grasslands have much more Omega-3s than grain fed animals.

Buffalo meat has a greater concentration of iron, as well as other essential nutrients.They also contain much more vitamin E than animals in feedlots.Vitamin E has been shown to lower the risk of cancer, Alzheimers and heart disease.

It also has high levels of Cla, (Conjugated linoleic acid) Which is also marketed in dietary supplement form for its supposed anticancer benefit and as a bodybuilding aid. Meat from grass fed animals, produce more than 300 – 500% more CLA than animals fed grain and silage.

Factory farmed meat that you find on sale at your local grocers contain growth hormones, steroids, drugs and chemical residue. These animals are raised in dirty inhumane conditons, fed large amounts of antibiotics to keep them disease free. These antibiotics and growth hormones  end up in your food as well as polluting rivers and streams.

WHAT DOES BISON TASTE LIKE?

Bison meat tastes very much like high quality beef  but with a slightly sweeter and richer flavor. It also has a slightly coarser texture, with no hint of gameyness. And its delicious. Nothing beats the taste of a hunk of bison meat barbecue.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE BISON MEAT?

More and more grocery stores are beginning to carry bison meat as its popularity increases. If you don’t have a grocery store or farmer’s market nearby that has bison meat cuts, you can buy online and have it delivered to your door from Northfork Bison Ranch.  As a leading distributor in the industry, NorthFork believes in maintaining an active role in all aspects of the process. From the natural raising of bison to the packaging, the staff has a hand in it all. Their Bison are raised and processed without additives, preservation, steroids, growth hormones or drug residues. Bison spend the majority of their life grazing on forage.

WHY IS BISON FARMING GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT?

Bison are huge prehistoric-like animals. They need a lot of space to roam. Bison ranching plays an important role in the preservation of native grassland habitat on the prairies by providing an economically viable alternative to agriculture farming. With the growth of  environmental and health conciousness, there is a growing population of consumers who appreciate the nutritional advantages of bison meat. Because of this, raising bison offers farmers an opportunity to make a living and generate respectable financial returns from bison ranching. Bison ranching encourages the return of farmed land to grassland. More and more farmers have left oil seed and grain farming for bison ranching. The bison industry can take credit for the return of an amazingly vast expanse of formerly farmed land to pasture land.

Switching over to bison meat makes sense in every way. Environmentally and healthwise. Bison is the perfect red meat!

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,