There’s lots of “Red meat is bad” talk these days. What are your thoughts? Is there any good red meat?
Some red meats such as pork and beef are high in saturated fat, which raises blood cholesterol, consequently increasing the risk of heart disease. Red and processed meats are also linked to several types of cancer, esp. colon cancer.
Bad enough…but don’t ban it too soon! For those meat lovers out there, I believe that there is an alternative healthy red meat, i.e. somewhat of a novelty — bison.
Here’s what makes bison a good choice:
Bison are indigenous to North America and raised on grass, so contain
- No antibiotics
- No growth hormones
- No excessive human manipulation, as far as I know.
- The meat is lean.
Sounds like a “natural protein” or “organic meat”, doesn’t it?
Importantly, bison offers health benefits, including
- High in protein, low in fat, calories, and cholesterol.
- Rich in iron
- Great sources of antioxidants (such as selenium, conjugated linoleic acid or CLA), that help prevent cancer.
How about the taste? The consensus is: it tastes sweet and tender. However, as usual I would experiment with it, have fun and try different recipes.
For all reasons, eat bison with a real pride — It is America’s Original Health Meat!
If you want to find out more about bison or want to try a recipe, just check here.
By the way, nobody pays me to express my opinion.
Photo credit: by anyjazz65