Like the original pioneers before us, we believe the best turkey, buffalo and beef jerky is made the way nature intended—without added chemicals, artificial ingredients and minimally processed. It’s healthier, safer and more responsible, which is exactly why we make our Organic and All Natural jerky products. Because sometimes, it’s more about what’s left out than what’s put in. Here’s what you won’t find in Golden Valley Natural jerky:
Food producers have been putting growth-enhancing hormones in beef cattle for decades. Synthetic and natural hormones like estrogen and testosterone are administered to make animals grow faster, gain muscle more efficiently and maintain leaner meat. While this practice is deemed safe by the United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA), some advocates believe consuming animal hormone traces could lead to hormone abnormalities among humans.
Cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have all been linked to consumption of high amounts of sodium nitrite, a common additive and preservative found in processed meats like jerky. This chemical is used to prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms, enhance taste and color, extend shelf life and slow spoilage and rancidity. Even though it’s a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved food preservative and additive, the USDA has limited the amount of sodium nitrite that can be used in processing.
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE (MSG)
One of the most common food additives out there, this flavor enhancer is an excitotoxin—a chemical that can over-stimulate—and damage—your brain cells. While the FDA notes that MSG is “generally recognized as safe”, some people report short-term reactions like headaches, rapid heartbeats, chest pain and nausea. However, no clinical evidence has been linked between these symptoms and MSG.
Sodium erythorbate is another chemical frequently-added in food processing. Although it’s closely related to vitamin C and offers some antioxidant qualities, it’s still a chemical used to retain the “fresh” pink coloring found in meat. Some side effects can include nausea, vomiting diarrhea and the development of kidney stones.