Is Beef Jerky a Healthy Snack?
To put it quite simply, Flying G Beef Jerky is a healthy snack. It is a good source of protein that is low in fats and contains no sugars or carbs. Flying G Jerky is works as a great snack if you are on the Keto diet. It is also very useful and a great snack if you count and track your macronutrients or are on a Whole 30 diet.
However, for beef jerky generally, the answer is more complicated than that. How healthy the beef jerky is or not depends on the ingredients and their quality that are put into the beef jerky. There are many, many variables that can classify one beef jerky as healthy and another as not healthy. In the following, we will try to answer all these questions to the best of our ability.
To begin, the main ingredients in beef jerky should be beef and various spices. Those two things together are a great combination and very healthy for you without other additives. That is our approach at Flying G Jerky with our beef jerky. We keep our recipes simple and do not add other ingredients to a product that is delicious as is. You wouldn’t mess with a perfectly seasoned steak by adding steak sauce to it. If it is perfectly seasoned, there is no need! The beef provides an excellent source of protein to build and maintain muscle and provide long-lasting energy that can fuel you through your day. The right spices can provide you with essential vitamins and minerals.
However, not all beef is created equal. One way to ensure quality is to make sure the beef you are consuming is born, raised, and harvested in the United States of America. Our domestic standards for our beef are very high and provide a much higher quality product than most of the rest of the world; particularly the beef we choose to add to our beef jerky at Flying G Jerky. We only source and incorporate the highest quality domestically grown beef into our products.
If the beef used in another beef jerky is sourced from a foreign country, you cannot guarantee its quality and can likely rest assured that it is of a much lower quality and probably includes a ton of hormones, antibiotics, and other additives. Some beef grown and harvested in the United States includes hormones, antibiotics, and other additives, but the beef we choose to add to our beef jerky at Flying G Jerky does not include these additives and is very high quality.
Many large beef jerky companies in the United States not only source their beef from foreign sources but also have their jerky produced in foreign countries. Their beef jerky is then shipped back over to the United States to be weighed, packaged, and sold. You cannot always trust made in USA claims from our competitors.
EXAMPLE OF A COMPETITOR’S BEEF JERKY INGREDIENTS:
Below is a list of ingredients from the original flavor from one of the top beef jerky producers in the world:
BEEF, WATER, SUGAR, BROWN SUGAR, SALT, BEEF STOCK, FLAVORS, SOY SAUCE, HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN, YEAST EXTRACT, MALTODEXTRIN, CITRIC ACID, PINEAPPLE POWDER. CONTAINS: SOY, WHEAT.
Now, let us break that down without getting too technical.
The BEEF and WATER are a great start. Obviously, you need beef to make beef jerky. Additionally, you need the water to carry the spices throughout the meat.
They also include SALT and BEEF STOCK. These are good ingredients that improve the quality of beef jerky.
This, however, is where the positives end.
The next ingredients are SUGAR and BROWN SUGAR. Keep in mind that this is their “original” flavor and not some “sweet and spicy” or “teriyaki” variant. Sugar is public enemy number one and adds no nutritional value.
There may be a couple of reasons, outside of a sweeter flavor, when making beef jerky to use sugar. However, we at Flying G Jerky are not convinced that any of those reasons are sufficiently convincing for us to make an inferior and lower quality jerky; let alone that we think our beef jerky just tastes better, even without sugars! We at Flying G Jerky will not take the cheap and easy way out. We would rather use better ingredients for superior taste and better nutrition.
Now, let us examine the rest of ingredient list.
FLAVORS – We at Flying G Jerky are at a loss as to what in the world “flavors” in their beef jerky could possibly be. You can bet it is something artificial and, we are just guessing here, not very good for you. We mean, seriously, flavors???
SOY SAUCE – Soy sauce can be healthy in the right meal. However, for beef jerky, if it is not added to make a specific flavor, it is just more added sodium on top of the salt earlier in the ingredients list. In our opinion, unnecessary and does not make their beef jerky healthier.
HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN – Hydrolyzed corn protein is used as a flavor enhancer. Again, unnecessary if you source good, clean ingredients but does save the other company money. In our opinion, this ingredient is uncalled for and not necessary.
YEAST EXTRACT – Again, this ingredient is used as a flavor enhancer. It might enhance the flavor of their inferior ingredients, but would do nothing for our delicious Flying G Jerky.
MALTODEXTRIN – This is another food additive that we here at Flying G Jerky are sure serves some purpose. What that could be, we are not sure, because it is not added to our delicious, clean beef jerky. However, we do hear that this ingredient can cause a whole host of side effects.
CITRIC ACID – Citric acid is a food preservative. If it is naturally sourced, then it is good for you. However, most large food companies use a synthetic form of citric acid produced by a type of mold and it is definitely NOT good for you.
PINEAPPLE POWDER – Used as a softening agent in jerky and NOT for flavor. They use it because it breaks down proteins and makes their lower quality meat seem tender. Not necessary if your beef is cleanly sourced.
If you want a healthy and delicious snack that fits your keto, whole 30, or macro counting diet, you should look no further than our delicious Flying G Jerky! At least with us, you know what it is you are eating!