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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020 - 2025 and How Bison Contributes

Today, we’re going to examine the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2020 - 2025! If you haven’t heard of this publican before, this is from the Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the report is to provide scientific reviews of nutrition and health topics for every stage of life. As Americans grow, they consume a variety of different foods which has a substantial effect on their lives and health. For the purpose of this post, we’ll be examining some items that relate specifically to bison, however, if you want to read more about the guidelines, you can find them here.


Quick Peek into American’s Current Health Status

  • About 74% of Americans are overweight.

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death and over 11% of adults have high cholesterol.

  • More than 17% of women and over 5% of men have osteoporosis

  • 20% of older adults have reduced muscle strength


What’s Suggested

From the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2020 - 2025 PDF, page 13


Nutrient-Dense Foods & A Healthy Diet

All Americans regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, or health status should follow a healthy diet. It’s best to eat nutrient-dense foods that consolidate vitamins, minerals, and have very little added sugars, saturated fat, or sodium. You can find nutrient-dense foods by eating lean meats, such as bison, poultry, seafood, beans, and more!


When eating these nutrient-dense foods, we want to avoid the following:

  • Added sugars

  • Saturated fat

  • More than 2,300mg sodium per day

  • Alcoholic beverages (1-2 drinks per day)


Customize Your Food

The USDA states that a “healthy dietary pattern can be enjoyable”, and here at JJ Bison, we agree! Dietary Guidelines says to start with a personal preference, then incorporate cultural traditions, and finally consider a budget.


First, we want to find out what we like to eat that is nutrient-dense. If we can start this at a young age it will be easier to maintain a healthy dietary pattern! Second, we should customize the food we like using spices and herbs to our traditional or cultural preference. Adding herbs and spices can reduce the amount of added sugars, fat, and sodium which will aid us in eating healthier. Finally, we want to consider our budget. Finally, one of the top concerns noted by Americans is that eating healthy is not affordable. There are a number of strategies that we can employ including fresh, frozen, dried, or canned foods. The USDA has a separate article for monthly food reports for low-cost foods.


How Bison Fits in With A Healthy Diet

Healthy diets include rich, nutrient-dense proteins and bison is just that! The USDA says that protein should be fresh, frozen, unprocessed, or canned in lean forms, and at JJ Bison, we vacuum-seal and flash freeze the meat right at the butchers for optimum freshness. Our bison isn't processed like hot dogs, sausages, ham, and lunch meats, or even some beef. Bison is much healthier than beef and will help you and your family maintain a healthy diet.



Contact JJ Bison on the web, email us at meat@jjbison.com, or call us at (443) 252 - 2099 to order your bison today!