Most beef consumed in the US comes from corn-fed cattle, and sadly most of our corn is Genetically Modified. In addition, most US cattle are injected with synthetic growth hormones to “bulk-up the herd”. This alone should be reason enough to explore a “healthier Jerky” alternative. That is why our Biltong products are hand-crafted using the finest grass-fed beef, which are free of any added hormones or antibiotics. Biltong is a healthier protein snack (at least that is what we believe) that in many ways is the closest thing to our natural ancestral diet of raw, unadulterated meat. Enjoy a delicious snack that is rich in both amino acids and essential fatty acids.
The main differences that make Biltong a superior product over any Jerky is the dry-aging process and that no sugar is added (ever). The natural dry-aging process of curing our beef Biltong, preserves the protein enzymes and allows for a tastier, nutrient-rich product. Traditional beef Jerky is often heat-cured using dehydrators, ovens or smokers and in many instances “cooks” the meat. Labels don’t lie! Have you ever read the back of your Jerky bag? Chances are you will be shocked at the sugar content. Our Biltong is not cured with any form of refined sugar whatsoever (no honey, no sugar, no molasses), so naturally it is healthier, and yes, you can taste the meat.
One can argue that the true test of any cured meat snack lies in the taste, and I believe nothing competes with our Biltong on the taste-test scale. Why? Well, it’s the goodness of our natural ingredients (along with the dry-aged curing process): mainly Coriander, Sea Salt, Pepper and Vinegar. That’s all she wrote! 100% All-natural ingredients with no additives, no preservatives, no soy, no sugars, no gluten, no hydrolyzed soy protein, no MSG, no colors, no added flavors, and no nitrates… nada, zilch. We have always made Biltong this way and the taste has stood the test of time. Simply put, it’s Jerky, done right!
There is no doubt that we have all craved meat at some point in our life, and I believe that stems from our primal human instincts. It’s a humans’s natural and primitive reaction to seek nutritious foods that provide the vital nutrients in order for our bodies to thrive and function. So, as I would say, “Cure your primal cravings, Eat Meat”.
Very few products are high in both protein and creatine, however due to our slow curing process our Biltong naturally retains these vital elements. Biltong can aid in training, particularly as a strength training supplement. Increased creatine intake will allow the user to experience more energy for long, high-intensity workouts and facilitate the recovery process. Every time you perform any type of intense exercise (e.g. weight training, running, boxing) your body uses creatine to provide your muscles with energy. Research has shown that creatine is ideal for sports that require short bursts of strength and energy.
Our grass-fed beef Biltong is the perfect weight-loss snack: high in protein, high in essential fatty acids, low in bad fats and 100% sugar free. Biltong is loaded with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a fatty acid that has proven to increase metabolism and aid with weight loss. In addition, protein has also been closely linked to appetite regulation as one of the main factors that causes us to feel satisfied when we eat. This has been attributed to its effect on the hormone Peptide YY (PYY) in a study “Critical role for peptide YY in protein-mediated satiation and body-weight regulation”, which is thought to control appetite.
Virtually every kid I grew up with in South Africa loved Biltong and to this day it remains a snack of choice that is loved by all ages. Not to beat a dead horse, but Biltong is loaded with vital nutrients and essential fatty acids, that provide much needed energy. Different proteins absorb differently when digested, for example protein from Red Meat is around 94% digestible compared to that of Beans (78%) and Whole Wheat (86%) meaning your body is absorbing almost all of the available protein in the Biltong. So consider giving your kids Biltong in their school lunches or replace all your sugar-laden snacks with this tasty alternative.