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Is Beef Jerky Good For You?

That's the question I'm seeing a lot in my server logs.

Server logs, or "website statsitics", will capture the search queries people entered into search engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN, when they click through to your website. So far, several people have searched Googled for something like "is beef jerky good for you", or some other similar phrase, and ended up clicking through to this blog.

All I can say is that it's very difficult to determine if ANY food is good or bad for you. All anyone can do, is eat what they feel like eating, and evaluate their quality of life, and how long they lived.

So, if you ate 10,000 cheeseburgers, and gained 150 pounds, then died at the age of 42 of heart failure, it's reasonable to say that cheeseburgers are bad for you.

But if you ate 10,000 cheeseburgers, and maintained an optimal weight, and are still healthy as an ox at the age of 42, then you might conclude that cheeseburgers are good for you.

Although, you could end up having a heart attack two years later and die, and all bets are off. You'll just never the know the answer until you die.

Recently in the news, a named Don Gorske went on record as having eaten 23,000 Big Macs since 1972. That's an average of 2 Big Macs everyday. He's 54 years old, and apparently is at an optimal weight, and feels perfectly healthy. Health food proponents have longed warned us that we will die an early death if we eat too many Big Macs. I guess 23,000 Big Macs is still not too many.

The truth is that each person is different.

By contrast, what if I asked the question, "Is lettuce good for you?". Not that long ago, there was an e-coli outbreak in lettuce. People died from it. You could argue that lettuce itself is fine, it was the e-coli poisoning that killed people. But not everyone died, and not everyone got sick. Some people can tolerate it better than others. That's my point.

You have to admit that beef itself is fine also. It's the e-coli, and/or whatever ingredients that's gets added to beef, that might pose a risk. But just as well, some people tolerate those ingredients better than others. I guess that guy who ate the 23,000 Big Macs, tolerates cholesterol and sodium a lot better than most.

A lot has been written about sodium nitrite in beef jerky. It's linked to colon cancer and lung disease. But sodium nitrite is also found in bacon, ham, and lunch meats. You've probably consumed far more sodium nitrite through those other foods than you have in beef jerky. And yet you're still alive enough to be reading this article.

What about MSG? I done a lot of reading on that, and I've yet to find conclusive studies showing that MSG poses any additional risk beyond that of plain old salt. There have been a lot of people complaining about a variety of ailments they believe is caused by MSG, but none of them have conducted studies to prove it. I'm not saying that MSG is ok, I'm just saying I have no hard facts to give you.

Eating nothing but jerky can pose some problems. First, it can cause constipation. That's why I limit the diet to four days a week, and spend the other three days getting in some veggies and fiber. Second, it overloads you with sodium. But it depends. That Don Gorske eating 2 Big Macs each day could be consuming more sodium than my beef jerky diet.

It's hard to say. Beef jerky can be good for you, but it can also be bad. But for that matter, ANY food in excessive quantities will pose risks and benefits, and it all varies on your body's tolerances. All I can say is to eat a bunch of jerky, and see if you die.


March 30, 2009 at 11:19 PM Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're trying to justify your own overconsumption of beef jerky. This article is built on bias.

December 27, 2009 at 3:48 PM Anonymous said...

Jackass you're over thinking it.

February 10, 2010 at 10:44 PM Anonymous said...

Sounds good to me, I LOVE beef jerky and I didnt know it could cause constipation, and considering how much I eat in one sitting, when I get the chance to eat any, is alot, this has been kinda helpful.

March 31, 2010 at 7:36 PM Anonymous said...

Lmao. You've said absolutely nothing. You posed a question and answered it with "It depends." Lol. Too funny...

May 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM Anonymous said...

mmmmmm funny thing though... I have been eating beef jerky almost daily for 2 months now as part of my diet. It has low calories, low fat, low carbs, and its high in protein...not to mention that it keeps you full longer because you digest protein slowly.. I have not had any trouble going to the bathroom, I have noticed more muscle tone, and I have lost 15 pounds eating jerky as my meat source instead of cheeseburgers, or other meat that is high in fat. I am telling you, jerky is the way to go, and it's a lot better for you than a cheese burger! I was not losing as much weight or gaining as much muscle when eating other types of meat, not even chicken or turkey gave me the results that jerky does. Could it be bad for you in the long run if you ate a huge amount every single day for the next ten years? maybe, but probably not even then. I would be more worried about eating the other 90 percent of foods out there that are high in fat and sugar every day for the next ten years than I would be about a good food like beef jerky! Every time I turn around research and scientist have found something else in our food that is not good for us. It is literally getting ridiculous! Before too long, we wont be able to eat or drink anything in this world without it leading to some disease, if it dont already! Don't get me wrong I appreciate everything scientist do to help us out. But the things that are truly harmful are the excessive amounts of fat and sugar in food, and I never needed a scientist to tell me it was bad for me. Beef jerky is mainly protein, which is good for you, and you need it! If you are so worried about every little thing in food that might be somewhat harmful during things like processing then I suggest people start planting their own gardens, hunting or raising animals for their own meat, and milking their own cow, because it wont get any better. They will just find other ingredients to replace the so called bad ones, and then it will take another hundred years to know if it is good or bad for you. We all know what is bad for us, its called fast food, and fats in food. Look at this in the food you buy, even at stores, it is hard to find anything even reasonable in fat and calories, but I will say beef jerky is one of the few things that is not excessive (excluding fruits and veggies)

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