Great Plains Buffalo Company
Health Benefits

The nutritional benefits of Grass-fed Bison/buffalo meat cannot be understated. They include:
  • Grass-fed Bison/Buffalo meat is naturally leaner, which means lower in calories.
  • Grass-fed Bison/buffalo meat is lower in “bad” saturated fat and higher in “good fat” or omega-3 fatty acids. Up to sixty percent of the fatty acid content in the grasses on the great plains contain omega-3 and are found in abundance in buffalo allowed to graze on native grasses, which is 3.5 times more omega-3s then grain fed bison. The benefits from a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: cancer prevention, lowering cholesterol, as well as reducing inflammation.
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  • Grass-fed bison - buffalo meat has a greater concentration of iron, as well as other essential nutrients.
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  • Grass-fed bison - buffalo meat can contain up to four times as much vitamin E than feedlot meat. This potent antioxidant has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Grass-fed bison - buffalo meat is a highly nutrient dense food and….. it’s delicious!

Why is grassfed fat healthy and why are the benefits of buffalo meat important?

Facts about grass-finished products:

  • They contain significant amounts of two "good" fats, monounsaturated oils and stearic acid, but no manmade trans-fatty acids.
  • Grassfed fat is known to stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, including those with gestational diabetes.
  • They are the richest known natural source of CLA and contain extra amounts of vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene.
  • They do not contain traces of added hormones, antibiotics or other drugs. 

     The "good" fats found in grassfed products include:

    1) Omega-3 fatty acids are known as the essential fats. They are necessary for human health. The Omega-3s may be the best of all the good fats because they are also linked with a lower the risks of depression, ADHD, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, obesity, asthma, autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. One of the best ways to help prevent heart disease is to eat a diet low in saturated fat and to eat foods that are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids). Studies suggest omega-3’s help protect against plaque buildup and blood clots in the arteries, which helps to prevent heart attack and stroke.

    2) Stearic acid is the most abundant fat in beef and chocolate. Unlike some other saturated fats, stearic acid does not raise your bad cholesterol and it may help with your good cholesterol.

    3) Conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA is known help prevent cancer.  This type of fat is found to be very helpful in the weightloss community. It can increase metabolic rate, which is a positive benefit for thyroid patients. CLA also enhances muscle growth and muscle burns fat. This also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.