Beef jerky is lean meat. It is trimmed of fat, cut into pieces or strips, and then dried to prevent spoilage. Salt is also added to the meat before it is dried to prevent bacteria from developing on the meat. (Excess moisture on the meat can lead to bacteria growth). The word jerky comes from the Quechua (a native American family language spoken primarily in the Andes region of South America) word ch'arki. Ch'arki means dried, salted meat. A low-temperature drying method, and some salt to inhibit bacterial growth is all that you need to produce beef jerky.
A typical 30 gram portion of fresh jerky contains 10 to 15 gram of protein , 0 to 3 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of fat. Some beef jerky can have more than 65% of protein content as well.
Benefits of Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a high-energy snack that can fuel you through a vigorous workout. Following are some of the health benefits of beef jerky.
• Calories and Fat - A one-ounce portion of beef jerky contains 116 calories. It contains 7.26 grams of fat. Of this 7.26 grams, only 3 grams are saturated fat. Beef jerky also contains monosaturated fat, which is good for your heart .
• Proteins – One ounce of beef jerky contains between 9 and 14 grams of protein. (The figure is dependent on the quality and the brand of the beef jerky you buy). The protein needed for men is at least 56 grams a day, and for women, it is 46 grams per day. Beef jerky is rich in proteins of high quality. It contains many essential amino acids as well. Low-fat beef jerky is a good filler. In that way, it can help you to be satiated between meals. It aids in weight management. Beef jerky is also good for muscle recovery after a vigorous workout.
• Minerals and vitamins - Beef jerky is an excellent source of essential minerals (iron, phosphorous, zinc) and vitamins (vitamin B12). Iron and zinc help to boost the immune system. Iron is essential for the proper production of red blood cells. Zinc aids your body in the healing process. One serving of beef jerky contains 1.54 milligrams of iron and 2.3 milligrams of zinc. The daily requirement of iron for men is 8 milligrams, and for women, it is 18 milligrams. The daily requirement of zinc for men is 11 milligrams, and for women, it is 8 milligrams.
Beef jerky is ready-to-eat and needs no additional preparation. It can be stored for months without refrigeration. Opt for low-sodium beef jerky, they are more healthy. They are more nutritious than