Biltong and jerky are the superstars of snacks. In fact, they’re everything ‘super’.
Biltong and jerky are super nutritious, super convenient, super healthy, super lean and of course, super tasty which explains why they’re everyone’s favourite snack.
Whether you’re wanting a protein hit before you hit the gym, a mess-free treat for busy kids, a pick-me-up after a long day at work, a nostalgic memory of Africa, a guilt-free indulgence when you’re watching your weight, a non-formulated super natural product (we could call it supernatural!) or simply just because…. biltong and jerky hit the mark every time. Read on to discover just why these two delicious dried meat snacks are a superfood adventure.
Nutritional benefits of beef biltong and jerky
The many nutritional benefits of biltong and jerky are a key reason why they are such brilliant snacks.
They’re not only a rich source of protein, they also contain many other key nutrients that our bodies need in order to stay healthy. Let’s take a look at these benefits in more detail.
Low in fat and carbohydrates
Although biltong and jerky are made in different ways, they are both low in carbohydrates and fat. Biltong is cured in a mix of spices and vinegar and air-dried naturally whilst jerky is made from marinated strips of meat which are dehydrated using a heat source.
The nutritional make-up of beef jerky and beef biltong depends on the cut of meat and the ingredients, but from a superfood snack perspective, they’re both low in carbs so they make a deliciously healthy snack choice.
Key takeaway: Biltong and jerky make the perfect low-carb, low-fat snack for an anywhere, anytime pick-me-up!
Protein is an essential macronutrient which plays a key role in many bodily functions. In fact, proteins are important components of every single cell in the body and are necessary for its growth, repair and maintenance.
We all need an adequate intake of protein to keep our bodies functioning optimally and to keep our muscles, bones and tissues healthy. Our protein requirements change over time, but essentially protein helps people recover after exercise, it helps the body repair itself after injury, it builds lean muscle, it curbs hunger pangs and it helps people maintain an active lifestyle.
Key takeaway: Meat is an excellent natural source of protein which is why biltong and jerky are such a great choice for fuelling the body and boosting our protein intake.
Meat and animal products contain the highest amount of zinc – an important trace mineral which helps the body’s immune system fight off bacteria and viruses and helps with wound and tissue repair. Zinc also aids metabolic function and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Although we don’t need very much zinc in our daily diets, it is important to maintain healthy levels of this essential nutrient.
Key takeaway: A meaty treat of biltong and jerky will ensure adequate intake of zinc.
Red meat is a great source of iron, which is another important dietary mineral for a body’s growth and development. It is particularly important in the formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin function, plus it helps people maintain good levels of energy and can improve both their mental and physical performance.
Key takeaway: Because beef biltong and jerky are made from red meat, they’re a great iron-rich snack.
Another big nutritional plus of beef jerky and biltong is that they’re rich in vitamins B12 and B6 which play an important role in maintaining good overall health and immunity. Specifically, these two vitamins are vital for healthy brain and nerve function as well as for supporting a healthy heart. Key takeaway: Beef jerky and beef biltong provide a great source of vitamins B12 and B6.
Other reasons why biltong and jerky are a superfood adventure
The nutritional value of a serving of beef jerky or beef biltong is undisputed, but let’s take a quick dive into the other big plusses that make these snacks such a superfood adventure.
They’re oh-so convenient (no mess, no crumbs, no sticky fingers, no refrigeration required, no utensils needed) and let’s not forget they deliver big on tasty deliciousness. The early settlers in South Africa and the ancient tribes of South America may have invented jerky and biltong centuries ago, but modern-day masters have perfected these meaty treats and opened the world’s eyes to a smorgasbord of different flavours and textures.
Here at DJays Gourmet, you’ll find Australia’s best and most delicious beef biltong and jerky including marbled jerky, mild pepper medium dry biltong and chilli snapsticks – and we’ve even got your furry friends covered with our meaty pet treats. Check out our range of yummy flavours and if you’re not sure what to choose, our biltong combo boxes are a great option. Simply order online and we’ll arrange fast delivery to get you started on your own superfood adventure!