Natural Protein Alternatives

Nutrition experts advise us to eat one portion of red meat per week in order to stay healthy. To combat the risks of eating too much saturated fat, they advise lean cuts of meat such as the flank, New York strip, and tenderloin.¹ However, a lot of people forget about buffalo steak.

When comparing bison to beef, buffalo meat is far leaner with less saturated fat, calories, and sodium. It also has more protein than pork, chicken, salmon, or grain fed beef.² All of these are great reasons to substitute bison for your next portion of beef, mutton, or pork.  

The Protein Food Group

The protein food group consists of eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood, as well as beans, nuts, peas, seeds, and soy products. The amount of protein that a person needs each day varies according to their age and body type. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends choosing low fat meats such as fish, game meat, or poultry the majority of the time. The most popular types of game include bison meat, rabbit, and venison.³ 

Red Meat & Your Health

Red meat is generally considered anything that came from a mammal, including beef, game, lamb, pork and veal. The debate about its health benefits can be traced back to the 19th century, when steak was considered the healthiest breakfast food.⁴ Now nutritionists recommend limiting red meat consumption to no more than five times per month, to supplement a balanced diet that includes mostly lean proteins such as poultry, fish and legumes. To enjoy red meat and reduce your intake of saturated fatty acids, select leaner cuts such as grass fed beef or game meat.⁵ Data from the USDA proves that these meats have much less fat than grain fed beef.

Beef versus Buffalo Meat

If you are considering a meat substitution to your diet there are plenty of reasons to try buffalo. There is six times as much fat in a grain fed beef steak as there is in a bison steak, and seven times the saturated fat. A bison ribeye steak has less calories and sodium than an equally sized serving of farmed salmon, roast chicken, or pork loin. It also has a higher content of protein and iron. Grass fed bovines contain a greater percentage of heart healthy omega-3’s as well.

If you are hankering for some buffalo jerky, then you have even more incentive to eat it now. Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, especially when it comes from sources that are low in hydrogenated fats. Red meat makes a protein-rich addition to a well-balanced diet if it is eaten in moderation. You can benefit more from red meat if it is a lean cut such as grass fed beef or buffalo meat.


You should substitute bison meat for beef every once in a while because it is much healthier. There is less fat, calories, and sodium in buffalo, plus more iron and protein. Grass fed beef is good too.

Company Bio:

The Buffalo Guys are Ken Klemm and Peter Thieriot, who own 4,000 acres of native buffalo range in northwest Kansas. There they raise a 750-head herd of buffalo that live much the way they did a millennia ago. Anyone looking for buffalo meat for sale should check out their website for bison steaks, burgers, ribs, jerky, sausage, apparel, and home décor. Visit or call 1-888-330-8686.