Biltong is a type of dried meat, traditionally eaten in South Africa. It is very high in protein and in important amino acids, including valine, leucine and isoleucine. The nutrients in biltong are essential for healthy muscle building and repair, making this a popular snack with those who enjoy working out.
Biltong is dried cured meat, and can be made from beef, game, ostrich or other types of meat. The meat is cut into thin slices, marinated and spiced, and then air dried.
Biltong is significantly lower in fat than beef jerky, and because it is air dried and preserved with vinegar, it keeps most of its core nutrients. Very high in protein, biltong also contains other important nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B12, iron and magnesium.
A popular post-workout snack, biltong is convenient and easy to consume, and both tasty and satisfying. It is rich in branched-chain amino acids such as leucine, isoleucine and valine, which are known to aid muscle recovery.
Other important nutrients in biltong include taurine, which is necessary for cardiovascular function and a strong skeleton, and carnitine, which is an amino acid involved in fat metabolism.