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Bison: The Other Beef

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Is buffalo meat better for you than traditional beef?

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Bison: The Other Beef
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Eating chicken and fish every day can become monotonous, so more people are turning to buffalo (or bison) meat as a viable alternative to traditional beef.

What Is It
Buffalo (or bison) meat was the main source of meat for Native Americans in the late 1800's, and the animals were nearly hunted to extinction. Today bison are plentiful and raised on private ranches and farms. It tastes similar to beef, but some people report it to be sweeter and richer.

Grass Is Greener
Since the animals live in wide and unrestricted farms, they graze on non-hazardous grass (grass-fed beef has twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids as grain-fed) and aren't fed anything processed. Additionally, bison aren't given antibiotics and hormones, which have been tied to some cancers.

Better For You
Buffalo meat is higher in protein than most other meats. According to the National Bison Association a 3.5 oz serving of cooked bison has 2.42 grams of fat, over 28.4 grams of protein, and 3.42 mg of iron, whereas choice beef has 18.5 grams of fat, 27.2 grams of protein, and 2.7 mg of iron.

Where To Get it
If you're ready to give this meat a whirl check out LocalHarvest.org or BisonCentral.com for a list of suppliers near you.

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