Cattle meat is high in saturated fat and overconsumption is linked to increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Other kinds of meat, such as water buffalo, are lower in saturated fat and might be healthier alternatives to consuming beef cattle.
Italian researchers found that people who substituted water buffalo meat for cattle meat for 12 months showed decreases in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, reduced inflammation, and lower blood pressure, compared to people who continued eating cattle meat. American buffalo meat is similar to water buffalo and might be a good alternative to eating beef cattle. (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 64: 1000-1006)