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Beef jerky is an ideal travel snack, perfectly portable for road trips and camping. And surprisingly to many, it can actually fit into a healthful diet since it's rich in protein and generally low in saturated fat and calories.
The downside, however, is that it can be filled with not-so-good add-ins like MSG, corn syrup, nitrites (compounds that are linked to heart disease and cancer), and as much as 600 mg sodium in a single ounce.
Fortunately, more companies are offering all-natural jerky that's made with no added nitrites, and many are lower in sodium, as well. And jerky options extend far beyond just beef - there's turkey, chicken, bison, ostrich and even meatless vegan jerky.
We took a look at the options on shelves and online, and here are our top picks for jerky that's made with no added nitrites, is low in saturated fat, carbs, and sugar, and lower in sodium than most popular brands:
Simply Snackin Beef Sirloin Jerky and Chicken Jerky. Even my clients who don't like jerky love this, thanks to the interesting flavor combinations like Beef Sirloin with Cranberries & Blueberries, Chicken Breast with Black Bean Salsa, or Chicken Breast with Italian Seasoning & Romano. Each 60-calorie pouch has 8-10 grams of protein and 3-5 grams of carbs, with 270 to 310 mg sodium (about half the sodium of many other brands).
Shelton's Turkey Jerky. The ingredients are simple: turkey, gluten-free tamari sauce, garlic, pepper, and onion powder. And with 19 grams of protein (and only one gram of carbohydrate) per ounce, it's one of the most protein-rich jerkies on shelves.
The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Jerky. Available in Original or Spicy, this gluten-free jerky is sweetened with just a bit of pineapple juice and honey, and has just two grams of carbs and 260 mg sodium per ounce.
Organic Prairie Organic Beef Jerky. Smoky Chipotle is my favorite flavor; it's also available in Classic and Spicy Hickory. It's one of the lowest-calorie jerkies, with 60 calories, 10 grams of protein, and just one gram of carb per ounce. I've seen it at various health food stores, and it's also available at organicprairie.com.
Caveman Spicy BBQ Chicken Jerky. Made with all-natural chicken and a blend of spices, Caveman Chicken Jerky packs 14 grams of protein into a 100-calorie serving, with just three grams of carbs, and the single-serving pouches offer built-in portion control.
Primal Spirit Foods Primal Strips. This vegan "jerky" is available in a variety of flavors, like Mesquite Lime, Thai Peanut, and Texas BBQ. They're made with non-GMO soy protein and wheat gluten, and they offer a few gluten-free options, as well. Most have 10 to 11 grams of protein per one-ounce package, with about 75 to 100 calories.
Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Turkey Jerky. It's a little higher in carbs and sodium than the other brands, but it's one of the few jerkies with no added nitrites that's readily available at most grocery stores and convenience stores for a quick snack on the run.
1. Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which contributes to heart disease,
cancer, diabetes, and other health problems.
2. Diet-related diseases, such as diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis, are leading causes of
disabilities. For example, nationally, 12,000 to 24,000 people with diabetes become blind
3. Public nutrition standards and food policies
could decrease the economic burden of obesity,
which cost $150 billion a year – half of that is paid
by taxpayers through Medicaid and Medicare.
4. American competitiveness is reduced when
diet-related diseases reduce productivity of
working-aged adults and more money is spent on
5. Offering healthy options demonstrates government commitment to addressing obesity.
Serving and selling unhealthy food contributes to obesity and chronic diseases. Instead,
governments can become an active driver of demand for and access to healthful food.
6. Healthier options in public buildings and
facilities contribute to state and local programs,
policies, and goals to address obesity and
7. Public agencies should be a model for healthy
eating and can show that healthy food tastes
8. People eat many meals and snacks during the workday. Public nutrition standards and
food policies make healthier choices easier.
9. Healthier food through public venues would support healthy eating by many people,
including government employees, visitors to public buildings and property, program
participants, and institutionalized people (examples: prisons, childcare, assisted living
communities, homeless shelters, public hospitals, etc.). 17 million people work for state and
10. State and local jurisdictions are large purchasers of
food. Directing their food dollars towards healthful
options drives demand for healthier products and spurs
companies to reformulate their products.