Beef jerky often gets a bad rap as being junk food full that’s of preservatives and chemicals. Sure, certain gas station-grade jerkies count sodium nitrite, erythorbate and MSG as ingredients. These harmful additives are used to help preserve and flavor dehydrated meat. But not all beef jerky is created equal.
Today, you can find organic and natural beef jerky options that are healthier (and often times, tastier) than the standard, run-of-the-mill jerkies available at the convenience store. Brands like Golden Valley Natural make beef, turkey and buffalo jerky with no preservatives, no sodium nitrite and no added MSG. That way, you can enjoy guilt-free snacking on high-protein, low-carb beef jerky.
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