Buffalo meat is a nutrient-dense food because of the proportion of protein, fat, mineral, and fatty acids to its caloric value. Comparisons to other meat sources have shown that buffalo meat has a greater concentration of iron, zinc and essential fatty acids.
Buffalo meat is a rich source of complete protein containing all the essential amino acids in appropriate amounts. Each serving contains about 22 grams of protein which is then used in the body to build and repair tissues, produce enzymes and some hormones, and maintain cell membranes and components of the immune system.
Rich in Vitamin B12, Selenium, Zinc and Phosphorus, buffalo meat is also an excellent source of Iron, Vitamin B6 and Niacin, all of which are recommended daily.
Buffalo meat contains the “essential fatty acids”, linoleic (omega - 3) and linoleic (omega - 6) fatty acids. These substances are necessary for us to eat but can not be made in our bodies and are thus, commonly lacking. Their function is to assist the formation of cell membranes, aiding in the production of hormone-like compounds, and participating in immune and visual processes. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to help fend off Alzheimer’s disease and reduce the likelihood of heart attacks.
Buffalo meat is a great natural source of bio-available iron. The high iron content in buffalo meat helps boost energy and increase endurance by improving the blood’s capability to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from body cells. Buffalo has what most nutrition conscious people want, lots of iron and less fat. Buffalo meat was one of the five foods recommended for women in the July 2001 issue of the Reader’s Digest article, “Five Foods Men and Women Need Most”.
Source: Buffalo Resource Manual for Food Service, 1999
Buffalo's Contribution to a Healthy Diet
Buffalo is a NUTRIENT DENSE food which, in one serving, provides significant amounts of:
Complete protein containing all the essential amino acids needed for growth and maintenance.
Needed for strong bones and teeth, growth and maintenance.
Heme, the most useable form of iron, needed for oxygen transport in red blood cells.
Trace mineral is used in the manufacture of enzyme systems, immune response, and sense of taste.
Used to obtain energy at cell level and for fat synthesis/breakdown.
14% Vitamin B6:
Necessary for protein metabolism, making neurotransmitters.
Trace mineral used in anti-oxidation functions at cell level.
Based on recommended nutrient intake for adult males.
Fact: We need some fat in our diet.
Fact: Most North Americans have too much fat in their diet. Nutrition science recommends that adults obtain 30% of their calories from fat sources. We need to eat between 60 and 90 grams of fat per day, depending on how active we are.
Fact: Different fats have different effects in the body.