Bison Herd

Turns out that eating bison comes with a number of health benefits. In fact, this is one of the first things that turns people on to the idea of eating bison in the first place.

As we continually learn more about the effects our diet has on our overall health and wellness, it’s no real surprise that more people are turning to alternative dietary choices that haven’t always been mainstream. Bison would definitely be one of those, as the industry is seeing huge growth as consumers learn more and more about our product.

Bison Herd

So what are the bison health benefits?

I have good news for you… there are several. We’ll go through them in detail, one by one here to help you judge for yourself whether you are ready to add some bison to your diet.

Bison is low in fat, calories, sodium and cholesterol.

For being a red meat that comes in burgers and steaks, bison meat is shockingly low in all the bad categories on the nutrition facts panel. Compared to other meats, including chicken, Bison is lower in total fat, calories and cholesterol and is recommended by the American Heart Association as a lean meat option.

As you can see from the chart above provided by the National Bison Association in a study they funded, bison comes out on top in nearly every category. But let’s look at how it breaks down by some individual cuts, because we all know some cuts are going to be better for you than others.

We’ll start with the ground burger, as that is the fattiest meat you’ll get, but also the most common.

Using the 90% lean Ground Bison Burger we sell at NebraskaBison.com, here’s how it breaks down for a 4 oz. Serving:

  • Fat: 11g
  • Calories: 200
  • Sodium: 65mg
  • Cholesterol: 80mg

But, prime cuts, like bison steaks and roasts are where you’re really going to start seeing low numbers in those categories.

Let’s look at the Bison Top Sirloin.

At NebraskaBison.com, we sell this in a 10 oz. size. The numbers we’re going to show you are for the ENTIRE steak, not simply a “serving size” of that steak. The following numbers are the nutrition facts for the full 10 oz. Top Sirloin:

  • Fat: 7g
  • Calories: 320
  • Sodium: 140mg
  • Cholesterol: 200mg

Conversely, at the recommended 4 oz. serving size, these numbers change to: 2.5g/130/80mg. So you can see how much

Now, let’s compare the Bison Rump Roast.

These are sold in 2.5 lb. sizes at NebraskaBison.com, so we’ll show you the numbers for the recommended serving size of 4 oz.:

  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Calories: 140
  • Sodium: 55mg
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg

So, as you can see, these numbers put bison in a pretty favorable light in terms of the nutrition facts.

Bison is high in Protein and Iron.

In addition to being low in the bad stuff, bison is high in protein and iron – good for your muscles in addition to helping you feel full faster. You may notice when you first start eating bison, that your portion size can be a little smaller, due to bison filling you up faster.

Let’s take a look at the Protein and Iron levels for those same cuts of bison meat.

Ground Bison (4 oz.)

  • Protein: 22g
  • Iron: 15% of your Daily Recommended Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet.)

Bison Top Sirloin (10 oz.)

  • Protein: 61g
  • Iron: 45% of your Daily Recommended Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet.)

Bison Rump Roast (4 oz.)

  • Protein: 26g
  • Iron: 15% of your Daily Recommended Value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet.)

Note: For more information about the Nutrition Facts of specific products, you can find the nutrition fact panel for each product on the corresponding page of our website. Just visit NebraskaBison.com, find the product you are interested in and look for the link that says: “View (product name)’s Nutrition Facts Panel”.

So, we’ve talked about the bison health benefits in regards to the Nutrition Facts Panel… but we’re not stopping there.

The nutrition facts are of course an important part of understanding the health benefits of bison meat, as they give real, easy to compare numbers, but there are other factors that make bison a favorable choice in regards to your health as well.

Bison are raised in a natural environment.

Bison are native to North America, having lived and roamed here long before any settlers began traveling west.

Both the body and the demeanor of a bison are built for the harsh conditions the North American Prairie can bring and even bison living on ranches remain wild.

Bison require lots of space to roam and graze – and so that is how a reputable bison ranch will operate. These independent animals require minimal handling by ranchers and spend most of their life just doing what bison do.

Bison are raised in a natural way.

In addition to a life of roaming and grass grazing, bison are also raised naturally. This means they are not injected with growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics.

And since bison are grass-fed for most of their lives, they aren’t artificially force-fed diets meant to quickly fatten them up, like traditional farming practices often dictate.

Now that you are armed with some information about bison health benefits, here’s how you can get more information…

We have tons of articles and information about bison meat. Our goal is to always be as transparent as possible about our operation and the meat we produce. Check out some of the other articles in our Questions About Bison series for more answers and browse the rest of our articles for recipe ideas and other facts about bison.

See what actual customers are saying about the quality and taste of bison meat by reading these bison meat reviews.

Or, if you’re ready to try bison for yourself, visit our online store by shopping at NebraskaBison.com.


Turns out that with the rising popularity of bison meat, there seems to be a rising number of questions out there about bison. Doing a standard Google search for bison meat, I started to see lots of questions pop up in recommended searches and results.

So, we’re starting this series to hopefully help answer as many questions as we can about bison meat. If you still have questions that aren’t answered, you have lots of options:

  • comment on one of our posts with your question
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