Bison meat in the news;

The Canadian Hockey Association served bison steaks to both their Men's and Women's Hockey teams while in Utah for the 2002 Olympics.

Ted Turner has started a roadhouse-style restaurant chain called Ted's Montana Grill.  The first opened in Columbus, Ohio and their menu features 25 different bison burgers and even bison pot-roasts.  They also have beef on the menu, for those unwilling to break the beef habit, however, early reports are that their bison is easily outselling their beef.  

On September 5, 2001, president Bush hosted his first state dinner.  The main course was bison.  According to Mrs. Bush, "The entree was just picked by acclamation.  Everyone said it was so delicious."  ABC news reported that "From a White House staff and a president that have made a point of slimming down, even forming a Bush administration Weight Watchers group, bison is a low-fat, low-cholesterol alternative to steak that offers a slightly fuller flavor."

In April 1999 The White House entertained nearly 900 NATO dignitaries in celebration of NATO's 50th anniversary by serving grilled fillet of bison.

The Fort restaurant (outside of Denver Colorado) has served bison to world leaders including, Tony Blair, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, Boris Yeltsin, and Ryutaro Hasimoto.  

Bison Hot Dogs are served at the Atlanta Braves baseball park

When Chi Chi Rodriguez is on the Senior PGA tour, he takes his buffalo meat with him as part of his post heart attack diet.

Bison meat is served on the USS John F. Kennedy (aircraft carrier).  "Buffalo is high in iron and low in fat," Petty Officer Wayne Napples said.  "At sea we serve 500 to 600 pounds of buffalo a day as sausage, hot dogs, hamburgers, Salisbury steaks or tenderloin."

Readers Digest (July 2001) cited buffalo meat as one of the "5 Foods Women Need Most".  Saying that "Due largely to menstruation, women tend to be anemic more than men.  And low iron levels in blood can cause severe fatigue.  To get a good dose of iron, try bison.  Bison, or buffalo, meat is lean and has what diet-conscious women want - lots of iron and less fat than most cuts of beef.  'The iron content is about 3 milligrams in a 3 1/2 ounce uncooked portion,' says Marty Marchello, Ph.D., at North Dakota State University.  'That portion contains less than 3 grams of fat.'  Buffalo meat can help boost energy and lower weight."

Food & Wine magazine (June 1999) had a seven page article "Range Rovers" about bison.  "As I write about buffalo, my mouth begins to water" says the author "Since I came to Montana I've eaten a lot of buffalo.  The meat is as good as the old-timers claimed."  "When I eat buffalo, I am voting for the small, the stubborn, the persistent, the timeless.  I'm getting closer to an ancient gift of the West that still survives."  "People who raise buffalo seem to regard them not just as livestock but as a force for good in the world."

Men's Fitness July 2000 - in an article "New Power Foods" about about how to "Take a break from chicken breasts with alternative protein powerhouses" says about bison meat "No B.S. here, just pure, low-fat protein."

In an "Eating Smart" feature in Time magazine (July 19, 1999) , bison was awarded four out of four hearts for being heart-healthy, lean and low in cholesterol.

Muscle & Fitness magazine (August 1999) spotlights bison meat as a "top pick", "Try it once and you'll know why," states the article.  Bison meat "provides as much B6 and iron as beef, but has a richer flavor and half the fat.  What's more, it's reasonably priced"

Heather Earls of the American Heart Association lists bison meat as a low-fat alternative "for your family, who may be tired of turkey and think of chicken as a chore".

The January 1998 issue of Food & Wine magazine was devoted to what they called one of the great trends of the Nineties: healthful eating, meaning "simple food that indulges the eye and palate as well as the desire for a trim waistline."  Finishing at number 4 out of the top 25 was bison, "the hot low-fat meat."

November 1997 issue of Bon Appetit "For a taste of the Old West, try a succulent buffalo steak", "the tender, juicy meat, which has a flavor similar to that of beef, is available in fillets, sirloins, roast and rib eyes."

The Farm Bureau's The Farm News contained an article entitled Buffalo meat gaining favor.  They said "the flavor of buffalo meat is smooth and is not strong or tough.  Bison meat is naturally flavorful and tender and many notice a sweeter taste than with beef, which adds to the richness of the meat."  "Buffalo meat contains less fat, calories and cholesterol than most chicken and fish and less fat than beef.  The meat contains shorter fibers making the meat more tender."  "Protein analysis of the buffalo meat shows that it has an excellent distribution of amino acids, giving it more complete protein than other red meats."  And "consumers get more meat for their money.  There is no fat to trim or cook out in buffalo, so there is more edible meat in comparison to other meat products."  "Buffalo Dogs, the newest love of Bison meat has become one of the fastest selling products.  The taste is better than most other lines of hot dogs with a seasoning that is delicious and robust in size."  The article also spoke about the higher iron content of bison meat and the popularity of bison meat among bodybuilders.

In the Practical Living [healthy eating] section of the October 2001 issue of the Diabetes Forecast, Robyn Webb, MS, LN writes on bison, "I recently became a convert to this succulent meat.  What I love most about bison is its superstar nutritional qualities.  It has about 30 percent more protein and 25 percent less cholesterol than beef."

Thanks to all of our friends and customers who have clipped bison articles for us!  Also many thanks to the National Bison Association's "Bison World" magazine and the Canadian Bison Association's "Smoke Signals" magazine for many of these items. 

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