Biltong Health Benefits
Most people have heard of biltong, but not everyone is aware of the great health and nutritional benefits contained in South Africa’s beloved meaty snack.
With diets such as paleo, keto and a high protein/low carb being as popular as ever right now, there’s no better time to learn about the health benefits of biltong and get snacking!
Here’s what you need to know.
Simply African Food uses only the highest quality Beef Silverside. It is hand-cut by our expert butchers and then treated to our secret method of marinating before it is hung to dry.
High In Protein
Biltong is high in protein. A 25-gram serving will provide you with 50 per cent of your recommended daily protein requirement. Protein is essential in helping to grow and maintain muscle so it’s a great snack for gym lovers. It is also ideal either for a pre or post-workout snack so it’s very versatile and easy to carry around in a gym bag or hiking up a mountain!
Biltong is a rich source of iron – something that many people are lacking in their diets. Iron deficiency typically can cause fatigue and an increased heart rate. Dieticians have been known to recommend increasing the intake of foods such as biltong when they are struggling with anaemia. An added benefit of biltong as a meat snack is that it requires no cooking or preparation so it can just be eaten straight from the packet on the go!
Biltong is high in Vitamin B12. This is an essential vitamin that is needed within the body to maintain healthy nerve tissue health, cell replication, brain function and the production of red blood cells. The effects of Vitamin B12 can also be seen outside the body as it helps to prevent dry irritable skin, reduce hair breakage and help nails to become stronger too!
Low In Fat
Unlike many other cured meats, biltong is extremely low in fat – there is only 3% fat in one 25-gram serving. On top of that, only natural ingredients are used to make the South African snack.
Good news for those with gluten intolerance – biltong is naturally gluten-free!
Zinc is essential for good health - it possesses great immune-boosting properties. It helps to keep colds at bay and to boost the immune system. The recommended daily allowance of Zinc for humans is 15mg and you can receive part of that from consuming biltong.
Biltong is great for kids too! Seeing as it is made using 100% beef and natural ingredients, it is nutritious and ideal for children to eat. Its high protein content means that it is a great snack for little ones who tend to burn off energy a lot faster than most adults do! It is also super convenient to pack into kiddie’s packed lunches or to take on long journeys as it won’t spoil, and it doesn’t need to be kept in the fridge. Plus, it doesn’t have unhealthy nutritional content, unlike most convenience foods. Biltong is the perfect snack for children – especially since they’re always on the go!
Biltong is great for teething! Many parents in South Africa use biltong to help soothe baby’s sore gums during teething. Chewing biltong sticks helps to aid the teething process and offer some relief – plus it tastes good too. It’s never too early to get the little ones started on biltong!
Great for Fitness
A fact for the fitness fanatics - biltong contains creatine. Creatine is a popular sports supplement that many athletes use to encourage the body to produce and to use more energy. It is reported to assist with building muscle, increasing strength and to help muscles to recover more quickly after exercise.
With all these benefits, what’s not to love about biltong?! A healthy snack that’s suitable for all ages – a truly versatile all-rounder!