What’s the difference anyway, Bison or Beef?
To Fat or Not To Fat
Did you know that Bison is leaner than beef and maybe a healthier choice if you’re looking to reduce your pets’ calorie or fat intake?
It has nearly 25% fewer calories than beef and is lower in total and saturated fat.
Additionally, due to its lower fat content, bison has thinner fat marbling, yielding a more tender meat that may not have quite as much flavor.
Methods in Farming and Nutrition
One of the most significant differences between bison meat and beef may be the diets of the bison and cattle from which they come.
In fact, this difference may also explain some of the nutritional variations between these two meats.
Bison is more likely to be grass-fed, as — unlike most cattle — they’re usually pasture-raised. Thus, eating grass-fed bison may be a more sustainable choice.
On the other hand, beef is more likely to be grain-fed and produced in factory farms. Due to eating a diet composed mainly of corn or soy, the cattle grow at a quicker rate.
That said, as bison meat grows in popularity, some farmers are beginning to feed their buffalo grain to keep up with production demands.
Still, it’s possible to find sustainably raised, grass-fed beef and bison in grocery stores and butcher shops.
Regardless, both grain-fed and grass-fed beef and bison can be part of a healthy diet. However, in the United States, grass-fed meats tend to be more expensive, and some people may not find it worth the extra cost. Especially for our furry friends.
Due to differences in farming practices, eating quality meat raised appropriately will always give you more nutritional value. In the long run, saving money on health costs.
The bottom line-
Though similar in taste, beef and bison are different animals.
Their most important difference may be their effect on the environment.
Plus, bison is lower in calories and fat, potentially making it a better choice if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.
The overall benefits are:
- 1) Better heart health.
- 2) Gain essential vitamins and minerals.
- 3) More Conjugated Linoleic Acid To Fight Fat.
- 4) Increased levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
- 5) Load Up with Proteins, not Calories.
Nonetheless, both types of meat are highly nutritious and can be part of a healthy diet.