On today’s episode of , I’m answering the question, is beef jerky bad for you?
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Since you have asked for more quick healthy protein snack ideas, on this edition of Food Wars, I’m comparing two different brands of beef jerky.
Some of you may be surprised that I eat beef jerky. I say surprised, because if you look at the ingredients, beef jerky doesn’t typically follow my one ingredient rule.
So is beef jerky healthy? Beef jerky can be an exception to the one ingredient rule, if it is primarily comprised of healthy ingredients. Regardless of how many ingredients a food has, the quality of the ingredients is what’s most important.
With that said, beef jerky can be a quick, on the go, high protein snack for you. But before you run to the local convenience or grocery store, please beware.
Not all brands of beef jerky at the grocery store are healthy. In fact, based on the ingredients, some brands of beef jerky may be bad for you.
Here’s how to tell if a brand of beef jerky is bad for you.
Lets compare the beef jerky ingredients.
Beef jerky ingredients option #1:
– corn syrup solids
– modified soy sauce
– hydrolyzed corn dextrin
– soy protein
– monosodium glutamate (i.e. msg)
– hydrogenated soybean oil
– silicon dioxide
– sodium nitrates
Then there are a few other ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.
Beef jerky ingredients option #2:
– Beef stock
– Spices and flavorings
– Smoke flavor
– Celery powder
Based on these ingredients, I think it’s pretty obvious which brand of beef jerky is healthier. If it’s not obvious, it’s beef jerky option #2.
Beef jerky option #1 is a prime example of a brand of beef jerky that contains unhealthy ingredients. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend this brand of beef jerky in your diet.
Some of the key unhealthy ingredients to avoid are:
– Corn syrup solids
– Monosodium glutamate (msg)
– Hydrogenated soybean oil
In particular, always avoid foods that contain hydrogenated soybean oil as it’s terrible for your health.
Then when you look at the healthier beef jerky option, the label says it contains, what they call, “natural ingredients”. Having this on the nutrition label may be a little deceiving though. The reason is, the second ingredient in the healthier brand of beef jerky contains 5g of sugar per serving. Even though in a perfect world, this beef jerky may not be the best natural whole food snack, it is a decent on the go, high protein snack option.
Healthier brands of beef jerky can be a good source of protein, that’s lower in carbohydrates, and unhealthy inflammatory fats.
Bottom line: is beef jerky bad for you?
If I want you to take one thing away from this post, it is this. Always look at the ingredients. Just because the label says it’s a specific type of food, it doesn’t mean all brands are created the same.
You can also add in a handful of nuts, like macadamia nuts, to make it an even more satiating snack. This quick snack combo will provide you with a good source of protein and hunger crushing healthy fats.
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