Four Health Benefits of Eating Bison
Bison is an ingredient regularly featured on our Fresh Express and is also a staple protein in our Heat & Eat Meals. Chef Shashank uses grass-fed Grand Western bison here at Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, so you know you’re getting nothing but the best. Bison is red meat, so you should always be mindful of your portions, but the health benefits of eating bison far exceed eating regular ground beef. If you’ve always been curious about bison but never tried it before, here are four health benefits of eating bison. Trust us when we say you can’t go wrong!
Low in Calories
Compared to ground beef, bison is lower in calories – 4 ounces of bison contains on average 166 calories whereas ground beef contains 224. Ground beef also has 14 grams of fat compared to bison at 8 grams and is slightly higher in saturated fat. If you’re structuring your meals around a calorie deficit, bison is an optimal choice.
High in Protein
Bison is also known for its high protein count, making it a winning choice for those looking to build muscle and incorporate more protein in their diets. On average, a four-ounce serving of bison has 24 grams of protein. You can’t go wrong with bison as a post-workout meal! Try it out in our Heat & Eat Meals: Grass-Fed Bison Chili, Grass-Fed Bison Meatballs with Spaghetti Squash, Grass-Fed Bison Meatloaf, or our Grass-Fed Bison Taco Bowl.
High in Essential Vitamins and Nutrients
In addition to being a high source of protein, bison is also a rich source of B vitamins – especially B12, B3, and B6 – and is high in iron, selenium, and zinc. B vitamins are key in maximizing energy production, brain functions, and keeping your nervous system in top shape. Iron helps with red blood cell formation, while selenium is a key antioxidant that fights oxidative stress. Zinc supports your immune system and helps fight off illness – something we can all benefit from right now!
Increased Omega-3 Levels
You may have heard that salmon is one of the best foods you can eat to get your recommended dose of fatty omega-3 acids, but did you know that bison is just as good of a source? Omega-3 promotes heart health, improves bone health, and helps boost brain functions. It is also great for your skin and has been linked to helping fight cancer.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning about four health benefits of bison! Next time you’re joining us for lunch, be sure to ask about how you can incorporate bison into your next meal.