Even though it’s super delicious, chock full of muscle-building amino acids, and a great alternative (if grass-fed), beef is getting boring. That’s just a glimpse of why healthy bison is such a great choice for your next recipe. Because this type of meat is packed with a good dose of protein and has a rich flavor. It is becoming a more popular addition to people’s plates. Here’s the scoop on how to incorporate it into a Paleo routine.
Healthy Bison Choices
1. Buy range-fed (grass-fed) instead of feedlot (grain-fed) bison, for the same reason as you would for beef. Grain-fed animals are deprived of vital nutrients and are often pumped full of antibiotics. Those shortcomings are passed on to the people who eat that meat. So. buy grass-fed bison; where the animals have been living on a natural diet that keeps their bodies strong and healthy. All of that healthy goodness will be passed on to you!
2. The taste of bison is often said to be richer than that of beef. One of the easiest ways to prepare bison is by making bison tails, which are similar to beef oxtails but taste better. Bison tails are meaty and make great broth, and they don’t usually sell for more than a few dollars per pound.
3. Grass-fed bison has some of the best best omega-3/omega-6 ratios of any red meat, outscoring even wild elk! Most grain-fed meat has an imbalance of fatty acids, tilting the scale toward omega-6s instead of the preferred 1:1 ratio. Bison meat comes extremely close to that perfect balance, providing you with a highly-usable muscle-building set of amino acids in every serving.
4. Bison meat is a great source of selenium, the mineral responsible for preventing cell damage in your body. In fact, grass-fed bison meat has four times more selenium than grain-fed bison, which still has a lot more selenium than other red meats. No matter what, it’s a win!
5. Bison have a good fatty acid profile. When an animal’s fatty acids are balanced, the animal is not packed full of fat (which gives the trademark heavily marbled look of much store-bought meat). Having the right balance of fat is healthier, not only for the animal but for you as well! Because the bison has a healthier fatty acid profile, its meat has more micronutrients and vitamins.
Whether you choose to make bison chili, some hearty bone broth, or just munch on the tails all by themselves, you’ll be getting a good dose of healthy vitamins, minerals, and protein. Pay attention as you purchase bison—make sure to check the label for a grass-fed certificate. Bison meat also keeps well if it is stored in the freezer, so make a batch ahead of time and freeze it for a convenient snack or dinner later!