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Wagyu is a designation for several interrelated breeds of Japanese beef, from the words Wa, meaning Japanese, and Gyu, which means cattle. Today’s Wagyu are descended from cattle that were domesticated in Japan for almost 2,000 years. In the late 1800s, a few European breeds of cattle such as Holstein and Angus were introduced to Japan, where they crossbred with the Wagyu. Today, Wagyu is a distinct breed and there are two primary types in the United States: Black and Red Akaushi. Skyrider Wilderness Ranch raises certified American Wagyu. Wagyu currently makes up 90 percent of our Wagyu Beef Bites.
One of the most critical building blocks of the human diet is protein, which we find in eggs, nuts, legumes . . . and meat. Wagyu beef is extremely high in protein. Some people are wary of consuming red meat. Moderation, however, remains the recommendation of the USDA by way of balanced food group consumption. Iron is also a crucial element of a healthy diet, and Wagyu beef is high in iron. Wagyu is also a prime supplier of B vitamins. Most Wagyu ranchers agree that minerals are essential to raising healthy animals. Skyrider Wilderness Ranch raises a combination of grass-fed/grass-finished and grass-fed/grain-finished Wagyu. Healthy grain blends and minerals supplement some of our Wagyu diets. Our Wagyu are fed slowly and incrementally instead of inducing rapid weight gain. We raise our Wagyu humanely in open grazing pastures, and their overall health contributes to the quality of the meat.
The difference between saturated fats (the “bad” kind) and unsaturated fats (the “good” kind) has a direct effect on your cholesterol levels. Wagyu beef has a high concentration of monounsaturated fats, which your body can break down easily. These monounsaturated fatty acids (known as MUFAs) also lower the amount of low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs, in your system. The ratio of unsaturated fats to saturated fats in Wagyu beef is higher than that in almost any other meat protein. LDLs are fatty acids that carry cholesterol around your body and often dump it on your artery walls. Arterial blockages can often lead to heart disease and cardiac events. HDLs (high-density lipoproteins), however, actually carry the cholesterol to your liver. The liver then metabolizes and eliminates that cholesterol from your body. Wagyu beef increases the amount of HDLs in your system – which could help lowering the risk of heart disease.
The American Bison is the largest native land animal in North America. Males can stand six feet from hoof to shoulder and weigh 1,000–2,000 pounds. Females are around five feet tall and weigh between 800–1,000 pounds.
Bison is a very lean meat protein. In addition to its relatively high vitamin B content, it is a good source of iron, like Wagyu, as well as an excellent source of selenium and zinc. One raw four-ounce (113-gram) serving of bison provides 13 percent, 31 percent, and 35 percent of the USDA Daily Value for each mineral, respectively. Our lean bison balances the positive Wagyu monosaturated fat values in our Wagyu Beef Bites with an added 10 percent proportion to the total meat protein. Like Wagyu beef, bison has a high concentration of monounsaturated fats that your body can break down easily. These monounsaturated fatty acids (known as MUFAs) help lower the number of low-density lipoproteins, or LDLs (the "bad" cholesterol), in your system. Similar to Wagyu beef, bison also increases the amount of HDLs (the "good" cholesterol) in your system and could help lower your risk of heart disease.
The conservation community, including Skyrider Wilderness Ranch, has contributed significantly to bison conservation and restoration, helping to bring back America’s national animal. Bison once again plays an important ecological role in our prairie grasslands and agricultural pastures.
Adds a fresh, herbaceous flavor to recipes
Contains antioxidant properties*
Helps support a healthy digestive system*
Supports overall well-being*
Can be added to a daily regimen to support female wellness*
Supports a healthy circulatory system when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise*
Is a fresh and herby addition to salad dressings, sauces, and marinades
Has a savory herbal flavor that enhances soups, stews, vegetables, meats, marinades, dressings
May provide general wellness support*
May provide digestive support when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle regimen*
May provide immune support*
Has a bold, herbaceous flavor
Supports overall wellness*
Has digestive-cleansing properties*
Supports a healthy immune system*
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