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Is Beef Jerky Bad For You?

Weighed in this morning at 165 pounds, down two pounds from yesterday.

Yesterday I stuck with the beef jerky diet, eating 7oz of jerky, a serving of kefir, 4 bottles of water, and 2 bottles of Fruit2O. I did all the usual exercises, 2-miles of jogging in the morning, 1-mile walk in the evening, two sets of sit-ups, crunches, and push-ups. I also did an additional 1-mile jog in the afternoon. On top of that, pruned four of my Queen Palms.

I continue to see search queries from people wanting to find out if beef jerky is bad for you. So I wanted to address that with this post.

The answer is that jerky is not bad for you.

Beef jerky is just beef, with most of the water removed. Aside from that, it's like eating steak, with some seasoning and marinade.

The reason why some people question the safety of beef jerky is the artificial preservatives. Some brands of jerky still use preservatives. But yet, the preservatives used in jerky are very much the same preservatives found in other foods. If you eat bacon, ham, cold cuts, sausage, salami, pepperoni, you're basically eating the same preservatives found in jerky.

The two primary preservatives found in beef jerky is sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite. Both are found in a wide variety of processed meats, and other foods.

However, a lot of jerky brands have moved away from preservatives, opting to rely on salt and/or vinegar to kill off most of the pathogens, or produce dry jerky in a vacuum sealed package. The oxygen absorbtion packet found in jerky bags allow producers to eliminate preservatives, as well as some brands utilizing nitrogen-filled bags.

In terms of nutrition, jerky is very good for dieters. It's ultra-low in fat, and ultra-low in carbs. A standard 3.5oz package of jerky usually contains about 3gm of fat total, about 10-15gm of carbs total, and between 200 to 300 calories total. It makes for an excellent low-calorie meal.

So I wouldn't say beef jerky is bad for you, it's actually good for you.


December 27, 2009 at 11:46 AM Anonymous said...

I stopped making my own jerky because I realized the meat is never really cooked on a dehydrator and I became worried about e-coli. are my fears unfounded?

December 27, 2009 at 12:51 PM Steve said...

e-coli doesn't grow naturally in meat, it becomes infected from another source. E-coli can find its way into any food, including fruits and vegetables.

February 10, 2010 at 12:30 AM Anonymous said...

i luv beef jerk heaps

June 10, 2013 at 4:38 AM Anthony Casanova said...

Actually, I have found that during the mid morning hours, it satisfies my hunger and gives me a boust of engery when I have a couple of slices of Beef Jerky

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