What is so special about beef biltong and beef jerky? It is more than just about taste. Cured, dried meat has been around for centuries due largely to a lack of refrigeration but also due to it’s nutritional value. Red meat is an essential part of the human diet – and it’s an incredibly efficient source of a number of important proteins, amino-acids and vitamins.
So, what is the value of biltong and jerky to your diet?
- The protein in beef is of the high quality type. It contains all of the essential amino-acids that are required by the human body. The protein in beef is also highly digestible at around 94%. While essential proteins can be found in non-meat sources such as beans and wheat, the protein in these is less ‘efficient’ being only around 78% and 85% respectively.
- Beef is also a great source of iron and zinc. Iron is used by our bodies to produce haemoglobin which helps to carry oxygen through our bloodstream. This provides us with energy and is one of the key benefits of eating red meats. The zinc in red meat helps our immune systems, helping us to stay healthy and combat bugs and germs.
- The majority of essential B-group vitamins can also be found in red meat, all of which are essential to overall health.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in red meat. Beef is second only to fish as a source of these. Again, they are essential for our immune systems and help to maintain a healthy heart.
So, jerky and biltong are a great way to get the nutrients you require, in an easy to store and handy snack sized pack. Using only natural ingredients it is an ideal super-food. Remember to stock up when you are next out and about.