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Bison, Grass-Fed Beef & Elk Meats: A Comparison of 3 Lean Proteins

Lean Meat Options for the Conscientious Consumer.

Through our work with Good Life Premium Meats and NebraskaBison.com, we have established a commitment to making top quality, naturally raised meats more widely available throughout the United States.

Each of the three meats we now offer: Premium Naturally Raised Elk, 100% Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Premium Naturally Raised Bison are held to the highest standards of quality.

To help introduce you to each of these options, we've highlighted some key points for each of the three meats in this post below. 

NUTRITION

Obviously when we're talking about lean and healthy meats and proteins, nutrition is going to be a good place to start. Each of these meats (particularly the Elk and Bison) are of course considered to be among the leanest meats available. However, let's go ahead and take a look at how they compare nutritionally among themselves.

The chart below compares Ground Burger for each of the three meats we carry: Elk, Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Bison. The Elk Burger is 91% lean, Grass-Fed Organic Beef Burger is 85% lean and the Bison Burger is 90% lean.


 


Now, obviously, the Ground Burger is one of the fattier cuts of meat. Let's take a look at how each of these meats stand in leaner cuts of steak. The Grass-Fed Beef and Bison take a look at the Top Sirloin while the Elk is our "Ranch Steak" which is cut from the round (which is near the sirloin)



As you can see from these two charts,  all three meats perform very well on the nutrition scale. Elk and Bison which are two famously lean proteins outshine the Grass-Fed Organic Beef as expected by containing less fat, calories and sodium.

TASTE

Taste, of course, if another important consideration in any food comparison. So let's talk a little about the taste of each of these meats.

 

Grass-Fed Organic Beef

This is probably the taste you're already most familiar with. However, grass-Fed Beef will have a slightly different taste than conventionally raised beef. You may notice a taste that could be described as "beefier" or perhaps slightly "gamey". Many people love the meatier flavor that this meat produces.

 

Premium Elk Meat

Elk may be considered close in taste to venison, however, it will not be as gamey as deer meat. Many people mention that they believe Elk is even similar in taste to beef. So, for a good reference, you may want to put Elk on a scale part way between Deer Meat and Beef.

 

Bison

Bison is similar in taste to beef (some people even insist they cannot tell a difference). However, most people agree that it has a slightly richer or sweeter taste than conventionally raised beef. While you'll notice beef to have more of a grainy texture, bison does not, boasting a cleaner taste and texture.

STANDARDS

Of course the standards to which our animals are raised are of the utmost importance to us. The animals we raise and our partners uphold strong ethical values for these animals and hold practices of the highest standards.

 

Grass-Fed Organic Beef

Grass-Fed Organic Beef from Good Life Premium Meats is 100% grass-fed. Additionally, it meets all USDA organic certification requirements. These animals are raised without the use of Growth Hormones and Antibiotics.

 

Premium Elk Meat

Good Life Premium Meats Elk are free range, raised without growth hormones and antibiotics.

 

Bison

Our Bison Meat is raised naturally, without growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics. Our bison are free range, pasture grazed with plenty of room to roam the ranch.

COOKING

All three meats, Grass-Fed Organic Beef, Premium Elk Meat and Naturally Raised Bison are all much leaner than conventionally produced meats. This means that extra care needs to be taken during cooking. Generally, low and slow methods will suffice – cooking these meats too long or too fast will result in tough, chewy meats. However, when cooked properly, each of our premium meats should produce juicy, tasty meals!

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