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Is grass fed game meat (elk, bison) healthier and leaner than organic ground beef or turkey?
by rafael

Is grass fed game meat (elk, bison) healthier and leaner than organic ground beef or turkey?


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Joanne Perez, MS, RDN, LD

Grass fed game meat can be leaner, but not always depending on the cut. For the most part, it will have less fat than most lean cuts of beef and be comparable with turkey white meat. The one place where you need to really check the label is when it is ground. In some cases, it could have up to 15 grams of fat.

Like beef, bison is rich in protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and other nutrients. And, grass fed bison does have omega-3 fatty acids but not nearly the amount found in salmon or other "fatty" fishes. Since most cuts tend to be extremely lean, it is important not to cook it too long or at a too high of temperature. If it is tough or overcooked, it won't enjoyed or satisfying.

One more thing to remember is that organic beef/turkey does not always mean grass fed and it is grassing feeding that provides a different nutrient profile.


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