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The Regenerative and Health Benefits of Bison

Mar 31, 2021 07:10PM ● By Amber Mc Kenzie

by Melinda Anakalea

Bison has a long history of sustaining Inland Northwest inhabitants. Bison meat is lean, and high in protein, iron and B vitamins.

The National Bison Association website states: “Amino acids are well known as the building blocks for protein and bison delivers all of the essential amino acids our bodies need. The protein-related role of amino acids is critical in support of our overall health including a healthy nervous, detox, and digestive system and especially the health of our immune system. Bison also has a high ratio of healthy fatty acids like Omega-3.”

In addition to the personal health benefits of eating bison meat, bison are regenerative by nature. Through grazing, fertilization and trampling, they help to sequester carbon, and build better soil. “With a population of over seven billion, we need to find a way to grow food that regenerates the living systems that we depend on,” writes Edmund Williams in an article on The Savory Institute website.

Here’s another vital health benefit: Unlike the beef and lamb industries, federal regulations for bison prohibit the use of growth hormones or antibiotics used to promote growth.

Preparing bison is just as easy as any other meat. Bison is said to have a sweeter, richer flavor than beef, and because it is so lean, it is recommended to cook bison using low heat and longer cooking times.

Melinda Anakalea owns Harlow Ranch Bison Company, a local family regenerative ranch selling natural, humanely raised bison meat to the Inland Northwest. Located in Thompson Falls, Montana, the ranch is a member of both the National Bison Association and Montana Bison Association. For more information or to receive a 10 percent discount on your first order, visit HarlowRanch.com and sign up for their email list prior to April 30. To order, visit HarlowRanch.com/shop.
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