Is Beef Jerky Healthy?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is beef jerky healthy? Beef jerky is a popular and convenient snack food for that person that wants to eat something quick on the go.

Here are the nutrient facts of one ounce of beef jerky.

  • Calories: 116
  • Protein: 9.4 grams
  • Fat: 7.3 grams
  • Carbs: 3.1 grams
  • Fiber: 0.5 grams
  • Zinc: 21% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin B12: 12% of the Daily Value
  • Phosphorus: 9% of the Daily Value
  • Folate: 9% of the Daily Value
  • Iron: 8% of the Daily Value
  • Copper: 7% of the Daily Value
  • Choline: 6% of the Daily Value
  • Selenium: 5% of the Daily Value
  • Potassium: 4% of the Daily Value
  • Thiamine: 4% of the Daily Value
  • Magnesium: 3% of the Daily Value
  • Riboflavin: 3% of the Daily Value
  • Niacin: 3% of the Daily Value

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The zinc and iron in beef jerky provides great energy level support and provides great immune health support. One of the downsides of beef jerky is its high in sodium.

One ounce of beef jerky provides about 22% of your daily sodium allowance and that daily recommended allowance is 2300 mg per day. Beef jerky is a highly processed snack which doesn’t help your overall health.

If you consume any food such as beef jerky or anything else high in sodium it puts you at high risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, etc.

There was an interesting study that showed that dried cured meats like beef jerky can possibly be contaminated with toxic substances like mycotoxins. And this is produced by fungi that grows on meat. Research has shown that mycotoxins have been linked to cancer.

Beef jerky is perfectly ok to eat as a snack but don’t overconsume it because of the high sodium in it and the food being extremely processed.

It is important to make sure that most of your diet comes from unprocessed food.

The Bottom Line is beef jerky, a great snack on the go that contains healthy minerals like zinc and iron which are needed for energy and immune function support. If you consume too much beef jerky it can be hazardous to your health because of how much sodium is in it. If you plan on eating beef jerky, then consume it within moderation.

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