Nutrition for Bison (cooked)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Bison Nutrition Summary

One pound of cooked bison (453.3 grams) contains 648 calories and 128.9 grams of protein. Bison consist of 67% water, 28% protein, 2% fat, and less than 1% of carbohydrates.

Bison is an excellent source of many nutrients, including protein, iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. It also contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, choline, selenium and phosphorus.

In one pound of cooked bison:

  • Calories: 648
  • Protein: 128.9 g
  • Fat: 11 g, (Saturated: 4.1 g)
  • Cholesterol: 371.7 mg
  • Sodium: 258.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar or dietary fiber in bison.

See the Bison Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Game meat, bison, separable lean only, cooked, roasted.

Calories in Bison

Bison has 648 calories per pound or 143 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from protein and fat.

84% of calories in bison are from protein and 16% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Fat

About 16% the calories in cooked Bison are from fat. Bison has a moderate amount of total fat, with 11 grams or 17% of recommended daily values per pound. Most of the fat in bison are healthier unsaturated fats.

Bison contains 371.7 mg of cholesterol and no trans-fat.

  • Total fat: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 371.7 mg
  • Saturated fat: 4.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.3 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1 g
There is no significant amounts of trans fat in bison.

Omega-6 in Bison

A source of omega-6 fatty acids, every pound of bison contains a total of 1 grams of omega-6. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.63 g
  • other omega 6: 0.32 g

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Protein in Bison

An excellent source of protein, a single pound of Bison contains 258% of recommended daily values or 128.9 grams of protein. However, the protein in bison is not complete, meaning it does not contain all 9 essential amino acids. Specifically, bison is low in tryptophan.

  • Protein: 128.91 g
  • Threonine: 5.31 g
  • Isoleucine: 5.43 g
  • Leucine: 10.02 g
  • Lysine: 10.06 g
  • Methionine: 3.06 g
  • Phenylalanine: 4.83 g
  • Valine: 5.83 g
  • Histidine: 3.42 g
There is no significant amounts of tryptophan in bison.

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Vitamins and Minerals in Bison

An good source of many nutrients, cooked bison contains abundant amounts of iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. In fact, a single pound of bison contains 540% of recommended daily values or 13 ug of Vitamin B12. Also an excellent source of Vitamin B6, a single pound of bison contains 139% of recommended daily values or 1.8 milligrams of Vitamin B6.

Vitamins in bison (1 pound):
  • Thiamin: 0.5 mg
  • Riboflavin: 1.2 mg
  • Niacin: 16.8 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 1.8 mg
  • Vitamin e: 1.6 mg
  • Folate: 36.3 ug
  • Vitamin b12: 13 ug
  • Vitamin k: 5.9 ug
Minerals in bison (1 pound):
  • Calcium: 36.3 mg
  • Potassium: 1636.3 mg
  • Iron: 15.5 mg
  • Magnesium: 117.9 mg
  • Zinc: 16.7 mg
  • Selenium: 160.9 ug
  • Phosphorus: 947.4 mg
  • Copper: 0.5 mg
  • Choline: 520.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of manganese, vitamin a, pantothenic acid or vitamin c in bison.

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Bison Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Bison in Cooking

Most recipes call for one or two pounds of bison.

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