"Bison, available at many supermarkets, is gaining in popularity for its rich, meaty flavor, nutrient density and lower fat content. Ground bison also makes a terrific lean, yet juicy burger or meatloaf," says JeanMarie Brownson of the Chicago Tribune.
As a denser meat, bison satisfies hunger faster with lower fat and cholesterol than even turkey.
Health and Nutrition
- High protein content, while being the leanest of meats.
- Fewer calories and less cholesterol than chicken and fish.
- Low saturated fat content while also providing high levels of protein.
- B vitamins which benefits the health of vision, hair, skin, liver, the nervous system, and helping convert food into energy.
- Rich in minerals, including iron, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium, and B6. Iron helps form red blood cells to help circulate oxygen through the body where it is needed. Phosphorus helps build strong bones. Zinc increases the immune system, benefits hair and skin health, and cell functioning. Niacin helps convert food into energy. Selenium prevents free radicals from damaging cells, and B6 increases both physical and mental health.
- Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated fatty acids. Because the body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, it is important to include omega-3 rich foods in a diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are needed for normal body functions, like controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain. They also help protect against heart disease, strokes, cancer, and other diseases.