Is it possible to lose weight eating biltong? Are you looking for a healthy snack, that will not make you gain weight, and tastes delicious? Then eat biltong! It has loads of good qualities, and health benefits. Read on to see why it’s good for your body, and your health.
Biltong is really good for building strong and healthy muscles, because of its high protein content. Protein is essential to your body. It functions as a fuel source and provides it with energy, and helps build body tissue. As long as you don’t eat too much of the fatty parts, you will not have to worry about gaining weight, only muscle.
Important protein for body function:
Protein is extremely important for your body and it’s cells to function properly. It provides the body with antibodies to help protect it against viruses and bacteria. Proteins provide structure, and support to cells, for healthy cell growth.
Provides all the energy your body needs:
It’s a well-known fact that carbohydrates lead to weight gain. Biltong has very low amounts of carbohydrates, but still provides your body with the required amount of energy it needs. This is why so many athletes love to snack on it. It is a much healthier substitute than other low-carb meat products. The biggest plus is that it tastes so good!
Healthy food source:
Biltong has no artificial flavours, colourants, or any other chemicals, which are hazardous to your health. The only ingredients added to it are vinegar, black pepper, coriander, salt and (sometimes, sugar). Some meat products can be extremely harmful to your body, due to ingredients added, such as sodium nitrate, monosodium glutamate and other preservatives.
Biltong is rich, as is all red meat in iron. We all need iron to maintain keep our red blood cells healthy.
Safe during pregnancy:
It’s is a great source of healthy protein which will help you develop strong, healthy muscles and is not harmful to you or your baby during pregnancy. It helps to regulate your appetite, and stabilizes your blood glucose levels.
Babies & kiddies:
Biltong is safe to give to babies when they are teething. It’s a yummy chew toy for them,and a great alternative to the commercial products. Kids of all ages love it, which is a wonderful idea for Mom’s to use as a healthy snack.
Being a typical South African, with biltong being part of our staple diets, I can highly recommend it for all of the above health benefits. Apart from this it is the perfect snack for nibbling on during the day, when watching sport, or having a couple of drinks. So enjoy it, as it can contribute to living a healthy lifestyle. But, remember, like with everything else, the key is moderation.
(Avoid eating biltong which is still moist during pregnancy as raw meat is at higher risk of carrying bacteria. It is recommended to eat only high quality and from a reliable source.)