Here is another epic SnackDown! This time, we compare Golden Valley Natural Original beef jerky with Oberto’s Original jerky. Like Golden Valley, Oberto boasts of being all-natural, having no artificial preservatives and no artificial ingredients. We can see from the comparison that their nutritional content is pretty much close to each other. Where Golden Valley Natural shines is its lower sodium content. Golden Valley Natural has close to half the sodium content of Oberto’s corresponding product.
Why is lower sodium content so important?
According to Rachel Johnson, a professor of nutrition at the University of Vermont in Burlington:
“Excess sodium increases blood pressure because it holds excess fluid in the body, and that creates an added burden on the heart. Too much sodium will increase your risk of stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease. And, 1 in 3 Americans will develop high blood pressure in their lifetime.
Limiting your sodium is tough because about 75 percent of sodium in Americans’ diets comes from processed or prepared foods, not salt that we add at the table. If you’re a savvy nutrition label reader, it can be shocking.
Even foods such as breads and cereals can have high amounts of salt. We call it a silent killer because a lot of people don’t realize they have high blood pressure.”
Beef jerky is such a delicious treat that most people can finish a bag in one sitting. Golden Valley Natural beef jerky has less sodium meaning you can eat more of it without fear of going above your daily sodium limit. Aside from this, it does not have nitrites, erythorbate or any artificial ingredients. For this SnackDown, it was a close fight, but Golden Valley Natural still emerges as the clear winner.
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