Healthy Benefits of Bison
As an alternative source of red meat, bison contains lower total fat content, but also provides a more favorable fatty acid composition compared to beef. Specifically, bison contains an increased ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids and 3-4 times more anti-inflammatory omega-3s.
In addition, ruminants such as bison are a major contributors of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) to the human diet, providing significantly more CLA than other non-ruminant meat sources such as pork, fish, chicken, and turkey. The dietary inclusion of a specifically rich source of CLA may be advantageous as CLA is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, and may have an important role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer.