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Beefalo Nutrition Studies


Beginning in the late 1970’s and continuing into the 1990’s, several studies were performed that compared the protein, fat and cholesterol content of Beefalo to that of pork, chicken, fish, and beef in both raw and cooked samples. To view summary results from two of these studies done by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Human Nutrition Information Service and the Canadian Studies, go to our 

Beefalo Nutrition Facts Page

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In 1994, a small-scale food study was conducted by Central Washington University and was published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (May 1994 Volume 94 Number 5).  This study followed a group of 12 men for a period of 12 weeks.  Cholesterol levels were checked before and after three distinct 4-week periods for all men in the study. One of the interesting facts of this study was that they used meat from a "bison-hybrid animal (that) was 25% bison".  This Beefalo meat was purposely prepared to have 13% fat, which is more fat than is normally found in most Beefalo meat.To view a summary of the results of this study, go to our:

Beefalo Nutrition Facts Page
 
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In August 2002, The Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture, University of Wyoming published a bulletin entitled, Nutritional Content of Game Meat (B-920R).  This document compared the meat of several different game animals, including the Pronghorn antelope, Mule Deer, and Elk to Bison, Range-grazed beef and Grain-fed beef.  This study did not include Beefalo meat.  Their conclusion was that “game meat, (including bison) and range-grazed beef were slightly lower in fat than grain-fed beef.  However, when the outside fat is trimmed and portion size controlled, all of these meats can fit into a fat-reduced, balanced diet.”  They also suggested that more research was needed to determine the impacts on health of the various types of fats. 

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Clearly, more work needs to be done concerning the various nutritional qualities of meat, and the effects of those elements on human health.   Preliminary research suggests that consumption of certain types of meat (from both game and domestic livestock animals) may contribute to better health.  But more research is needed regarding how different types and breeds of meat animals are raised and what ramifications pasture-raising vs. grain-feeding, vs. combination feeding can have on the human diet and medical condition. 

To date, the authors of this website have seen no research that has been done as a long-term, dietary study to compare Beefalo meat consumption to various other forms of meat including bison, pasture-raised beef, or grain-fed beef.  We know of no research that has compared the various breeds of cattle under different feeding conditions either.  So it is left up to the individual to read and understand the literature that is available and to form their own conclusions and choices of the types and quantity of meat that they consume based on best current knowledge.  
If you know of any Beefalo Nutrition Studies that have been conducted that are not listed here, we would like to know about them.  Send any information to: email@beefalocentral.com.  We will review the materials, and if appropriate, will include them here.