Beef Jerky

Jerky (similar to ‘biltong’) is a snack food that dates back as far as Egyptian times!

Jerky (similar to ‘biltong’) is a snack food that dates back as far as Egyptian times! The word ‘jerky’ derives from the Spanish word, ‘charqui'; It’s made by curing pieces of meat – in this case, beef – but other types of red meat and game might be used. Traditionally, strips of meat were dried and salted, which acted to preserve raw meet without the need for cooking. Nowadays, commercial varieties offer a snacking solution that’s high in protein, low in carbs, and perfect for those craving something savoury!

The great thing about beef jerky is that it doesn’t need to be refrigerated, thus you can stash it in your gym back, in your car or on your desk. From a practical point of view, it’s ideal for those of you who enjoy outdoor pursuits like hiking, trekking, mountain climbing, cycling and even camping!

Because it’s rich in protein, beef jerky can support you in reaching your muscle-building goals. Something else to bear in mind is that specific amino acids are susceptible to heat-damage (such as tryptophan); the cooking process can degrade them, affecting their biological value (BV). Since there is no cooking involved in making beef jerky, it can offer an impressive amino acid profile. This will kick-start the recovery process, post-training, but it can also provide a protein ‘hit’ at any other time of day.

Since beef jerky is virtually carb-free, it’s the superb addition to ketogenic or low-carb eating plans. Protein tends to increase satiety and stave of cravings for ‘naughty’ foods. It helps to keep you fuller for longer, and stay on track to reducing body fat. It sodium content tends to be notably higher, too; when restricting carbs to a minimum, the required intake for this mineral will often increase proportionally. Sodium is an important electrolyte that can deplete through perspiration and thus, intense exercise.

Beef jerky can be enjoyed no matter your goals; it supports the repair and growth of lean muscle tissue, and can also boost fat loss. Beef jerky is usually available in a range of delicious flavours, to suit your individual tastes.

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