Grass Fed Bison - A High Protein Food
Grass fed bison are a high protein food that we can highly recommend. Free range, and where the land and animals are cared for, you will find this food a welcome change from whatever else you have been eating. There's a tremendous difference. I have found so much more food nutrition when they are grass fed.
Free Range, Grass-fed Bison - Lindner Ranch
Our Experience with Grass-fed Bison
Glen and I started buying grass fed bison because I was looking for a good quality protein and had some concern about mad cow disease. I didn't want to eat any more beef until I knew more about the problem.
I walked by the bison stand at the farmer's market many times and it never really interested me, but I was really in need of a change and needed another good protein food. I stopped and talked to Kathy, the owner of the bison ranch, and ended up buying some bison jerky.
Here's Kathy & Ken Lindner giving a tour of their bison ranch.
Lindner Ranch with Ken and Kathy Lindner
The next trip I ventured out a little more and bought the bison patties. You have to learn how to cook them because they don't have much fat. We like them a little rare, so once on each side for a couple of minutes and they were perfect.
I have to tell you, we were VERY IMPRESSED. It reminded me of beef when I was a child. Very different from today's beef and sooo good! So what makes it different?
From what I have learned, it's the fact that they are grass fed bison, but I think it's also their activity level. They definitely qualify as one of the top high protein foods on my list now.
Bison are not domesticated animals. The like to run (up to 30 miles per hour). They have the ability to stand on their hind legs and pivot - very agile. I have never seen or heard cattle doing this although they have been known to run. Many western movies show that, but in today's world, I don't know if they still do.
At the Lindner website, I found a couple of videos where the bison are running through a gate to a new pasture. Another video showed them sort-of playing. Here are both pages, if you'd like to watch. You just have to scroll down to the bottom and click on the video that shows on your browser.
Rush to Pasture
Grass fed bison are one of the high protein foods but they are also considered one of the high protein low fat foods. In fact, it's astoundingly low in fats when grass-fed. In a 3.5 oz serving you might find the following figures. I found the amounts varying so I provided that variance here:
- fat - 1.8 - 2.4 grams
- protein - 22 - 28 grams
- calories - 138 - 143 kcal
- cholesterol - 62 - 82 mg
- iron - 2.6 - 3.2 mg
- vitamin B-12 - 2.86 mcg
The meat is also high in vitamin E.
My Results from Eating Bison
I did notice after eating bison every day for a month that I had more stamina and was more agile. I could easily bend over and touch my toes which had been a chore prior to that. Being grass-fed, they are a good source for omega-3's which may have contributed.
I only eat bison about twice a week now. I seemed to have caught up with my protein deficiency in this area. (I have found that proteins from a variety of sources are best for me.) Bison is a great way to maintain the body's need for Vitamin B-12. Aside from being one of the high protein foods, the bones are nutrient dense as well and they help me maintain strong bones and teeth.
I read a book called "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel. This book led me to ensure I make the marrow bone soup every week. It really has made a difference too.
- "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel
Please feel free to email me if you have questions or comments. I am always happy to respond.
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