Bison, or buffalo as it is commonly called in the United States, is gaining popularity as a healthy alternative to beef, pork and even poultry. All cuts of buffalo meat are lower in fat, cholesterol and calories than skinless chicken. Another benefit is that it is nutrient-rich having more iron, protein and B12 per pound. It is also an excellent source of zinc, B6, phosphorus and niacin. Many doctors recommend it for those with a history of heart disease because of its low fat and cholesterol content
Buffalo are known as part of the American West but are now raised in most parts of the United States. These animals are very hardy and can be raised in natural conditions without the use of hormones, drugs or chemicals. Although bison are kept in large fenced areas, these mammals are still undomesticated. For this reason they are handled very little by humans, left to roam and graze freely as they would in the wild. Ranchers know that if they want to deliver a high quality meat they must keep buffalo calm and stress free. In order to do that the animals must not feel threatened.
The meat can be found in certain specialty supermarkets or from the farms themselves. A quick search online for bison meat will produce numerous places that will ship all over the United States. The meat will ship in coolers with dry ice to ensure it arrives at its destination still frozen. Prices generally range from $7.00 to $10.00 a pound with specialty steaks like filet mignon costing much more.
Cooking buffalo is similar to other meat in that it can be fried, roasted, grilled or broiled. Because it is a low-fat meat, it is best when cooked rare to medium rare using a lower temperature. Overcooking can cause it to become tough. Buffalo meat is said to taste a bit sweeter and richer than beef.
Anyone looking to eat a healthier diet should try bison. This meat falls under the American Heart Association’s guidelines and is a recommended food under certain weight-loss programs. Those who care about the humane treatment of animals will appreciate the way these animals are raised with little human intervention. Bison should be a part of every health-conscious individual’s diet.