Are Slim Jim’s OK for Keto?

Slim Jim jerky products are a version of jerky that is technically called a meat stick. They are made from a meat paste that is likely very low quality meat ground into a paste and turned into a version of jerky. Being a meat jerky, they naturally have relatively low carbs. Limiting carbs is the most vital piece of the Keto diet as discussed below.  However, by jerky standards, Slim Jims are a medium to high carb jerky. Below we will examine the Keto diet, why jerky is, and should be, no carb or low carb, the specifically listed carbs in Slim Jim products (adjusted to a 1 ounce serving size), and compare Slim Jim carb content to other jerkies and Flying G Jerky.

THE KETO DIET

We are sure you are aware of the following explanation if you are reading this question, but here is a brief synopsis of the Keto diet in case you are not aware of this diet:

The Keto diet consists of eating a moderate to high amount of fat, a moderate amount of protein, and a very low amount of carbohydrates. The Keto diet is designed to put our bodies in ketosis, which shifts your body from using carbs for energy to using fats. After a few days following the Keto diet, instead of releasing insulin, your body shifts to releasing ketones, providing energy for your entire body, including your brain.

The amount of carbs you can consume on the Keto diet varies widely by individual but is generally very low. This requires individuals on the diet to consume meals and snacks with very low carbs, which severely limits that snacks available for these individuals. This is why beef jerky, including real beef jerky like Flying G Jerky, is an essential snack for Keto diet practitioners. While Slim Jims have lower carbs than many other snacks, the better option would be a no carb beef jerky, such as Flying G Jerky.

 

MOST JERKY IS LOW OR NO CARB

If you look at the nutrition facts for almost any jerky, you will find a low carb snack. This is because the base ingredients in jerky, meat and spices, rarely contain many carbs, if any at all. Now, some jerky makers do end up adding carbs to their jerky by including additives that might serve as additional preservatives or so called flavor enhancers. These carbs generally do not naturally appear in the meat that is the base of all jerky. And the spices that are incorporated into jerky can have carbs but do not necessarily have to include carbs. Therefore, any jerky that has even a small amount of carbs, say 3 to 10 grams or so per 1 ounce serving, has too many carbs for our taste. Jerky is not meant to add a lot of carbs to your diet and should instead bolster your protein intake, which is the most important and expensive macronutrient. That is why we here at Flying G Jerky are proud to offer you beef jerky that contains no carbs and high protein!

CARBS IN SLIM JIM PRODUCTS

Below is a listing of different Slim Jim products and the amount of carbs included in each (according to Slim Jim’s website), all adjusted to a 1 ounce serving:

  • Premium Smoked Sticks
    • Memphis Style BBQ Seasoned – 3.24 grams
    • Smokehouse Original – 4 grams
    • Spicy Chili & Garlic Seasoned – 3.24 grams
  • Turkey Sticks – <1 gram
  • Giant Meat Sticks
    • The Original – 4 grams
    • Tangy Barbeque – 4 grams
    • Sweet & Hot – 4 grams
    • Nacho – 4 grams
    • Crack’d Pepper – 4 grams
    • Tabasco Seasoned – 4 grams
    • Mild – 4 grams
    • Philly Cheese Steak – 4 grams
    • Cali Taco – 4 grams
    • New York Buffalo – 4 grams
  • Monster Meat Sticks
    • Tabasco Seasoned – 4.64 grams
    • Honey BBQ – 4.64 grams
    • Really Freakin Hot Habanero – 4.64 grams
    • The Original – 4.64 grams
  • Snack Sticks
    • Mild – 4.43 grams
    • The Original – 4.43 grams
  • Beef & Cheese Sticks
    • Mild – <1 gram
    • Pepperoni – 1.35 grams
  • Big Boss Sticks
    • Pepperoni ‘n Cheese – 1.33 grams
    • Beef ‘n Cheese – 1 gram
  • Beef Steak Strips
    • Teriyaki – 5 grams
    • The Original – 4.48 grams
  • Deli Sticks – 1.67 grams
  • Steakhouse Strips
    • Twisted Teriyaki – 3 grams
    • Smokin’ Mesquite – 4 grams
  • Bacon Jerky
    • Hickory Smoked – 1 gram
    • Maple Flavored – 3 grams

As you can see, Slim Jim products generally have fairly low carbs. However, they would have minimal or zero carbs if they did not include carb boosting additives that cover up for subpar meat ingredients.

While carbs are necessary for your body’s function, just like fats, a diet too high in carbs can have negative effects on your body’s function and development. Excessive carbs can promote weight gain, increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, increases your risk of developing heart disease, can thicken your arteries, and can cause brain fog. We at Flying G Jerky are proud that our beef jerky does not contain carbs so you can be more flexible with the rest of your diet, and Keto practitioners can more easily meet their dietary needs.

COMPARISON OF CARBS IN A SLIM JIM VERSUS FLYING G BEEF JERKY

If you look at the list of Slim Jim products above, you will see products with relatively small amounts of carbs. However, we here at Flying G Jerky believe that all jerky should be made from two, and only two, ingredients: meat and spices. These ingredients will have none or a very small amount of carbs. If there are “significant” carbs added to a jerky, you can bet they added those carbs through artificial additives that might harm your health.

Instead of any unnecessary additives, Flying G Jerky is made with meat and spices and contains ZERO CARBS. We are very proud of that fact, and proud to provide consumers of our products a healthy beef jerky snack that will truly supplement and support almost any diet, including the Keto diet. We do not feel the same way about Slim Jim products, which we think harm, rather than supplement, your diet.

 

COMPARISON OF SLIM JIM CARBS TO CARBS IN ANOTHER COMPETITOR’S JERKY

It might also be useful to compare Slim Jim products to other jerky products made by some of our competitors. Some of our competitors market zero carb jerky. This is a good thing! However, most of those jerky producers make up for the lack of carbs by limiting the protein content and/or enhancing the fat, sugar, or salt content in their jerky.

Other jerky producers, including some of the more famous brands, list carb content in their jerky of between 2 grams and 8 grams per 1 ounce serving. In that light, maybe Slim Jims are not the worst snack by comparison. However, when there are plentiful healthy alternatives to Slim Jims and their high carb jerkies, especially the zero carb, zero sugar, 2 grams of fat, and 16 grams of protein Flying G beef jerky, we think you should choose your health (and a higher quality product!) and eat Flying G Jerky!