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A CONSUMERS GUIDE TO NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON CHARTS AND DATA

The BisonBasics Nutritional Comparison Chart

At Bisonbasics.com over 65% of our recipe inquiries are for ways to prepare ground bison. This includes burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, chili and the like. To see how grass-fed bison compares to ground beef, turkey, pork, and chicken, please click on The BisonBasics Nutritional Comparison Chart (Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference).



Grass-fed bison will usually have an Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio of 4:1 or less when finished on fresh grass. Today's inexpensive nutritional testing procedures can verify this and supply other important 'farm specific' nutrient data. Although this type of nutritional testing for bison meat is not all that common, we did find that CAPE CHIN BISON north of Toronto does provide data for its ground bison. Cape Chin Bison Farm is one of the very few producers, if not the only one, that provide farm specific nutrient data for its 100% grass-fed ground bison. This sound business practice benefits both the farmer and the consumer. Let's hope more bison farms adopt this practice in future.

But to be of utmost value to you, the consumer, nutritional testing is best done at the individual farm level. For general comparative purposes USDA data is adequate, but it cannot be expected to accurately apply to the same cut of bison from different sources. In numerous situations, nutrient values for meat from different bison farms can differ from USDA Nutrient Database information. Click to view Bison Nutrient Values Can, And Do, Differ

It is also important to know the Dietary Reference Intake (DRIs) for bison meat, or what are more commonly know as the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs). For this need we have created a chart that summarizes the USDA data for a Bison Ribeye Steak (NDB #17335) in order to show to what extent the various nutritional components meet your daily intake requirements.

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