What is the Healthiest Jerky?
The healthiest beef jerky will be jerky that is high in protein, low in fat, no sugar, no carbs, and does not contain artificial flavor additives or preservatives. The healthiest beef jerky will also have well-sourced ingredients that are limited in number. This describes Flying G Jerky and its ingredients perfectly! Below we will explain why:
HIGH IN PROTEIN
The primary reason any beef jerky is healthy is its high protein content. Protein is used by your body to build and repair muscle and other tissues. It is an important and necessary ingredient for your bones, cartilage, blood, skin, and muscles. Protein is also used by your body to make necessary body chemicals such as hormones and enzymes. Without protein, we would not survive.
As stated above, protein is essential in building and repairing muscles. This is only good for bodybuilders, right? Wrong! Protein is also a necessary cornerstone of any weight loss diet. Protein is the single most important macronutrient for weight loss.
High protein intake helps to regulate several weight-regulating hormones, as well as boosting your metabolism, and reducing your appetite. Protein also boosts your caloric burn after eating. Protein is harder for your body to break down, or metabolize, and therefore your body has to work much harder to digest and use proteins than fats or carbs. This requires your body to burn excess calories even when you are not working out! And, by reducing your appetite, sufficient protein intake helps you to take in fewer calories, making your net calorie gain from eating much lower.
A lack of protein also weakens your bones and makes them more likely to fracture. Not eating enough protein can also cause your legs and feet to swell as protein helps keep salt and water from escaping your blood vessels and entering tissues.
A lack of sufficient protein can weaken your immune system by decreasing the effectiveness of your body’s antibodies. Therefore, not eating enough protein makes you more likely to get sick.
In other words, protein is necessary not just for your body to survive, but thrive. And feeding your body its necessary protein intake will drastically alter the way you look, feel, and live.
LOW IN FAT
In order to mask inferior ingredients, other beef jerky companies might make their products high in fats. Take a popular jerky competitor: their primary jerky has 7 grams of protein but 13 grams of fats per serving! Your body needs proteins and fats to survive, but it needs much more protein.
At Flying G Jerky, our beef jerky contains 16 grams of protein and 2 grams of fats per serving. We believe in a healthy balanced diet while also making delicious beef jerky.
The downsides of a diet high in fat are fairly obvious, but did you know that a high fat diet can affect your brain function as well as the rest of your body? A 2019 study from Yale University found that diets high in fats can contribute to irregularities in the region of your brain responsible for regulating homeostasis and metabolism (an article about this study can be found at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190909121234.htm). Obviously, diets high in fat also contribute to obesity, heart disease, and other harmful conditions. We here at Flying G Jerky are proud of our products and how they can contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Sugar can trick your brain into thinking that an inferior product tastes just as good as a superior product. This is why so many of our competitors use sugar in their beef jerky.
We at Flying G Jerky produce beef jerky that contains no sugars. This will help our customers limit their intake of sugar and help them to not experience some of the negative side effects of consuming too much sugar.
Consuming too much sugar may drain your energy, lead to a fatty liver, increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, increase cellular aging, accelerate the skin aging process, increase your risk of depression, increase your risk of cancer, increase your risk of heart disease, cause weight gain, among many other potentially harmful conditions.
While carbs are necessary for your body’s function, just like fats, a diet too high in carbs can also 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.
NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES OR FLAVOR “ENHANCERS”
The main ingredients in beef jerky should be beef and various spices. Together, they are a great combination and very healthy for you without other additives. That is our approach at Flying G Jerky. We keep our recipes simple and do not add unnecessary 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. Furthermore, the right spices can provide you with essential vitamins and minerals.
When you incorporate the right ingredients into your beef jerky, there is no need to add tons of artificial ingredients to salvage your product. Below I have provided an example of a competitor’s beef jerky ingredients:
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.