On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the question, is beef jerky bad for you?
So lets talk about 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.
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.
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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.
In this Food Wars video, I bought one brand of beef jerky that is healthier.
Then I took a picture of the ingredients of an unhealthy brand from the grocery store.
Before I share which brand of beef jerky is healthier, lets see if you can figure it out, based on the ingredients.
Then there are a few other ingredients that I can’t even pronounce.
Now lets compare these to beef jerky option #2.
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:
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.
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.
I’m going to be more flexible on beef jerky as a quick snack, by giving the thumbs up to healthier brands of beef jerky.
However, just make sure you look at the ingredients before you purchase it.
You can also add in a handful of nuts, like macadamia nuts, to make it an even more satiating snack.
When you make better food choices, there are no excuses as to why you can’t eat healthy, even when you’re on the go.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.