What are the health benefits of biltong?
Our experts talk through the health benefits of biltong, from zinc to creatine content, and explain why this simple snack is so good for your body
There’s a lot of talk about how great biltong is for you, as it’s just 5% fat content. However, this isn’t the only reason that biltong is a really healthy snack: it’s packed full of compounds and proteins that are good for your body. Read on for some of the positives of eating biltong.
Biltong contains a lot of protein
Just 25 grams of biltong can actually provide you with up to 50% of your daily protein requirement. Everyone’s body needs a lot of protein to help with muscle growth and restoration; it also helps us feel full, which is why it’s a good supplement for gym-goers. Protein is also vital in the restoration of amino acids in our bodies and regulating hormones.
Biltong is a good source of iron
Iron deficiency affects more than a quarter of the world’s population. It’s as simple to treat in a lot of cases as just eating more iron-heavy food, and biltong can help with this. Biltong contains a lot of iron, which is what creates red blood cells in your body.
Biltong contains Vitamin B12
Biltong contains Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, which is involved in the metabolism of every cell in your body. A lack of Vitamin B12 can result in fatigue, lethargy and even depression and poor memory. This vitamin is most often found in foods like sardines, liver and trout, but biltong can be a great snack if you’re looking to increase your intake.
Zinc is found in biltong
Biltong is a good source of zinc. Zinc makes enzymes and helps your body process carbohydrates, fats and proteins in order to create energy. It’s key for cell creation and with up to 2 billion people suffering from zinc deficiency worldwide, it certainly doesn’t hurt to top up on zinc with some biltong.
Biltong contains creatine
Creatine is another compound key for energy. Whilst creatine supplements are all the rage these days, side effects of supplements can include an upset stomach and weight gain. Biltong contains creatine though and is kinder to your stomach.
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