October 04, 2023

Photo credit to Wild Idea Buffalo Co.

While bison contains lower total fat content than beef, it also provides a more favorable fatty acid composition when compared to beef. Specifically, bison has a higher ratio of polyunsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids and three to four times more anti-inflammatory omega-3s. It contains higher amounts of protein, iron, copper, zinc, and vitamins A and B12, than beef.

Bison is a major source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), providing significantly more CLA than other non-ruminant meat sources such as pork, fish, chicken, and turkey. More specifically grass fed and finished animals have more 300-500% more CLA than grain fed and finished animals. CLA from nature (i.e. animals) is vastly different from the synthetic CLA you find in synthetic supplements (our supplements are from nature, recognized by our bodies). Our supplements are just like eating the actual meat, the organs are freeze dried, milled and encapsulated. Period. Nothing added, nothing taken out. Pure nutrition, as nature intended.  

So why should you care about CLA? 

CLA is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and it plays a pivotal role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease as well as cancer.

All of our bison organs are coming from bison that are free to roam in open pastures, happily grazing on native grasses all day long. They are 100% grass fed from start to finish. And the finish is especially important. Our zero stress, humane field harvest is a peaceful harvest which honors and dignifies the animal and keeps it healthy. The bison is finished while on pasture, untouched by human hands and never experiencing the stress of going to slaughter. Field harvest is certainly less efficient than industry-standard assembly line slaughter systems but an animal's quality of life, down to the final millisecond, is non negotiable.

Bison require less management than other ranch animals; they are allowed to roam freely. The U.S. government prohibits the use of growth hormones in bison and they are not industrialized or handled like cattle but are moved from pasture to pasture to graze on fresh grass. This process is called rotational grazing. It mimics the patterns of nature thereby eliminating the need for fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and other chemicals and unnatural farming practices. This allows the earth to replenish itself organically, preventing overgrazing. It also helps keep harmful substances out of our food, land and water sources. 

In 2016, the North American bison was declared the national mammal of the United States. But the importance of bison dates back thousands of years, back to the Native American tribes. Tribal people have a deep historical, cultural, traditional, and spiritual connection to bison that stretches back thousands of years. Just a few hundred years ago, there were 20-30 million buffalo roaming across our continent. 

Wild Mamas is committed to bringing back these magnificent mammals. We support the ranchers committed to raising wild bison the way nature intended.

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