While beef jerky remains to be the go to snack of those looking for a healthy protein snack, one must know that not all beef jerky are equal in terms of nutritional content. Most people look into the protein content of the brands they buy disregarding other ingredients which may actually be bad for them. Today, beef jerky brands contain protein ranging from the low 9 grams to as high as 13 grams per 1-ounce serving.
Where to look
When buying your beef jerky it is good to know where to look and what to look for to know if it is good or bad for you. The first thing you want to check will be the nutritional information at the back of the packaging, This lists all the ingredients as well as all the nutritional components of your snack.
What to look for
Here are a few of the thing that you should check when checking the nutritional labels of your chosen brand.
Check the calories and fat. Though there’s a lot of debate on counting calories, it is good to note how much calories it has and how it may affect your daily calorie requirements. Make sure that you also choose a brand that does not have a lot of fat in it. Large amounts of saturated fats will make you more vulnerable to heart disease and increase the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.
Check other minerals like iron and zinc. These two can help in boosting your immune system respectively improving the production of red blood cells and aiding the healing response of the body.
Check for sodium content. Even the top beef jerky brands in the market today contain large amounts of sodium. Unlike all natural beef jerky, they contain monosodium glutamate, sodium nitrites and sodium erythorbate to extend their shelf life and improve flavor. Excessive intake of sodium (more than 2300 mg per day) can increase one’s risk of developing congestive heart failure, hypertension, stroke and kidney disease.
Check the protein. Most people who eat beef jerky love its taste. There’s a lot of people who stock up on the snack as it is a good source of protein. There’s not really a large difference between jerky in terms of protein content, still it would be good to choose a brand that has a high enough protein content.
The image above compares Golden Valley Natural with the leading brand and shows the difference between the two in what you should consider when choosing which beef jerky to buy. Golden Valley Natural beef jerky is all natural. It is free of Nitrites, Erythorbate or MSG. It does not contain Monosodium Glutamate and does not use any artificial flavorings. It is low fat and has a high protein content. Isn’t that just jerky perfection?
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