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Feedlot diet compromises the health benefits of bison meat.

Most of the bison meat sold in the United States comes from animals that have been confined to a feedlot and fed grain for the last 6-12 months of their lives. Substituting grain for grass makes the meat lower in omega-3s and higher in total fat and cholesterol, as shown by the following graphs. (Data from the 2002 study by D.C. Rule cited below.)

Feedlot diet doubles the fat in bison meat   Feedlot diet increases cholesterol in bison

(D.C. Rule et al, "Comparison of muscle fatty acid profiles and cholesterol concentrations of bison, beef cattle, elk and chicken."J Anim Sci 2002. 80:1202-11)

 

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