Which is your preferred name for the majestic animals that once roamed America’s western frontier in hordes sizable enough to scare off the biggest of zombie hordes that, trust me, are not coming your way? Buffalo or bison? Doesn’t really matter since most Americans, at least, will know exactly what animal you are talking about. A sizable majority of Americans may not know what you are talking about when you discuss the quality of buffalo or bison as a delicious delicacy, however. This particular choice of beef has yet to make the same inroads east of the Big Muddy that longhorn steer made well over a century ago. Too bad, because eating bison, or buffalo, is like slapping a great big proud slab of American nutrition right on your plate.
A 3oz serving of cooked bison, or buffalo, provides anywhere between 20 and 25 grams of protein. We all know that if you really want protein in your diet, the most delicious place to find it in abundance is meat. Even vegetarians know this, but they someone confuse getting protein in a delicious manner with getting protein in any manner at all. If you have to get protein-and you do-why not get it from juicy, delicious and nutritious beef? The truth is that buffalo, or bison, isn’t a significantly more robust source of protein than any other comparable cut of beef, but you’ve had steak already, so why not expand your horizons? Protein from bison, or buffalo, is a foundation for healthy tissue throughout the body. Adding bison to your diet can mean stronger nails, shinier hair, thicker muscle mass and stronger bones.
Bison is also a rich resource for iron. Those who might want to add buffalo burgers to their diet to take advantage of the stout amount of iron include anyone who is experiencing fatigue. You don’t even have to be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome to benefit from the iron content in buffalo meat. An iron deficiency could very well be a major contributor to anyone’s general feeling of being rundown. Physical fatigue is not the only result of getting a lack of iron. Iron is part of the complex process of synthesizing neurotransmission in the brain. If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, the delicate balance of dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine may go all wackadoodle. If you experiencing bouts of depression or other symptoms of a personality disorder, grab for a buffalo steak before committing to Prozac. Your problem may be less a serious mental health issue and more of a serious lack of iron in your diet.
That three ounces of bison is actually enough, believe it or not, to stuff you with nearly a full third of the zinc you are recommended to consume every day. The primary nutritional benefit of zinc is how it helps fortify your immune system. The reason that a deficiency in zinc can become a blueprint for a lifetime of coming down with colds and having the flu linger two weeks longer than all your friends is that zinc is a mineral found in literally every single tissue of the body and is part of the oil that greases the division of cells. Not enough zinc means an overall reduction in the health of every inch of your body. So choose a nice thick cut of bison and enjoy a lifetime of more robust immunity to all the biological perils putting your happiness at risk.