Unhealthy Proteins: Beef Jerky

This Matador jerky has upwards of 700 milligrams of blood-pressure-raising sodium, which is more than four times what you’d find in the same serving of chips. It’s also one of the only brands that uses MSG and not much else to flavor it besides smoke flavoring and sugar. Biltong, on the other hand, is a jerky that has a specific recipe: It’s dipped in a vinegar marinade, sprinkled with coriander and other spices, and then air dried for 3-6 days. The process is just as simple as its ingredients, resulting in a piece of beef that’s more tender than jerky and certainly healthier. For more better-for-you jerky options, check out our list of The Best and Worst Beef Jerky — Ranked!.

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