When it comes to healthy snacking, you might often hear that there is no such thing. The general consensus is that snacking is the biggest dietary no-no and you should stick to the intake of proportionately balanced meals, 3 times a day. This understanding has changed significantly over the years with nutritionists and dietician’s revisiting the misconception and introducing snacks that are healthy and supportive to the dietary goal.
With that said, it’s often difficult to ascertain which healthy snacks are accessible for our consumption and which one’s provide substantial nutritional value over others. When it comes to healthy snacking, biltong is good for you and the health benefits are numerous.
High in Protein, Low Carb
Let’s start with the bit that everyone wants to know about – Protein! Protein is a fundamental element to any diet whether you’re losing weight or gaining mass. It helps with restoring muscles after a workout or injury but also in growing the muscle. Biltong is a natural source of good protein which, when consumed, also helps you feel fuller for longer thus curbing your hunger and preventing you from snacking unnecessarily further. Clever, right!
Protein also aids in regulating hormones within our complex bodies and enabling communication between organs, cells and systems.
If you do however fancy something to pick at, rather than reach for potato crisps or a bar of your favourite chocolate, do yourself a serious favour and opt instead for a bag of biltong With only 87 calories per 35g pack or 187 calories per 75g pack, we guarantee there’s not much to feel guilty about.
Low fat & Gluten free
A highly overlooked health benefit of biltong is how low in fat it is and the fact that it’s also naturally gluten-free. Bloating is one of the most common symptoms of sensitivity to gluten. Those who are gluten intolerant will be happy to know that biltong can be consumed without too much risk of suffering those all too embarrassing bodily indiscretions. Moving on…
With on average 4% fat per 100g, it’s definitely an ideal weight-reducing diet choice. Some of the most effective diets require the intake of moderate to high levels of protein and little to no carbohydrates, so biltong is your all-rounder.
When working out or dieting, it’s essential to understand your body’s nutritional requirements at different points in time. In the early stages, you’re likely to be consuming more as you ease your way to a calorie deficit when trying to lose weight and conversely, you would build to a high caloric intake if you’re on the bulk route. Either way, you’ll need good levels of vitamins and minerals to keep your blood pumping nutrients to the different areas of your body which will ensure the healthy functioning of organs and systems. Vitamin B12 and Iron do just that. Not only are they essential for healthy blood but also the nervous system and cell reproduction.
As with most consumables, it’s important to keep the right balance. Generally, too much of anything isn’t that great for you but when consumed alongside a healthy lifestyle, it can literally change your life. Our M-EAT! biltong is high in protein and low in carbs, making it a popular option for muscle-builders and health enthusiasts. With its combination of vitamins and minerals, not to mention the practicality of our packet sizes, you’ve already got what you need to be healthy and fit.