We have discovered Nick Sticks online as a new brand of jerky which boasts of being preservative free. Like Golden Valley Natural, they also market their brand as free from MSG, antibiotics, nitrites, and hormones. Brands like Nick Sticks make us happy as they followed our example of providing a healthier meat snack option for American consumers. The company is pretty young, having been established no more than a decade ago. Being a pioneer in the beef jerky business, Golden Valley Natural has perfected the process of producing delicious all-natural beef jerky. We have spent years making sure our jerky remain true to the time-honored process of preserving meat the all natural way and making it taste how it used to be for generations. We are humbled when brands like Nick Sticks follow our lead. We urge you to discover the flavor of the west with our line of all-natural and organic beef jerky. When all is said and done, nothing beats the original.
Old Wisconsin has been known as a sausage company which led to Sheboygan, Wisconsin being known as the “Bratwurst Capital of the World.” Being a player in the meat industry, it was not a surprise for them to also release a beef jerky product as a part of their brand. Though, it is no longer on their site (they have focused on meat sticks), we have seen stores selling their beef jerky online.
On one of the sites we have found, this warning precedes the description of the product.
Jacklinks beef jerky is one of the most popular brands in the market today. Being a consumer favorite, it is also one of the most readily available brands one can purchase. Sadly, the brand is nowhere near Golden Valley Natural beef jerky when it comes to being a safe and healthy meat snack.
A simple comparison of the ingredients between the two brands reveals that Jacklinks is loaded with MSG, nitrites and erythorbate. These preservatives have been linked to different cardiovascular and neurological ailments. It is also known to contain wheat and soy, which may be bad for people with a sensitivity to these ingredients.
Dr. Russell Blaylock, a board-certified neurosurgeon and author of “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” provides one of the best overviews of the very real dangers of MSG. He explains that MSG is
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:
We compared the nutritional content of Epic Beef Jerky and our Original Beef Jerky and the results are clear. Golden Valley Natural beef jerky has way less sodium, cholesterol and fewer calories. Add to this the absence of MSG, artificial preservatives, nitrites and erythorbate and our beef jerky clearly wins as the healthier meat snack option.
We are not surprised that this infographic exists. For years, bacon and jerky have been two of the most popular and most loved meat products. Cabelas finally put the two against each other and it is interesting to see just which of the two wins this ultimate snackdown.
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.
Even though packages may be labeled “all natural,” don’t be fooled. Food labels are a tricky thing, and can be very misleading. Both of these packages claim to be “all natural,” but you can only be sure that one of these was raised with no additional hormones prior to processing. Choose wisely out there when it comes to your healthy snacks.
You may be hungry for a change after seeing these snack stats. Just one serving of these chips has double the calories, 6x the fat, 260% more carbs and 81% less protein than a single serving of Golden Valley Natural Beef Jerky.
You may get more than you bargained for when trying to get some extra fiber. Just one of these snack bars has double the calories, 4x the fat, 24 more carbs, 2x the sugar and 81% less protein than a single serving of Golden Valley Natural Beef Jerky.