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Great Source of Protein
A 1-ounce piece of beef jerky provides 9.4 grams of protein. According to the Recommended Dietary Allowances, or RDA, women need 46 grams of protein a day and men 56 gram. Protein breaks down in the intestines into amino acids, which your body uses to build tissues and enzymes involved in the functioning of all body systems.
Source of Good Cholesterol
One serving of beef jerky has about 15 milligrams of cholesterol. Nutritionists recommend you limit your daily cholesterol intake from food to about 300 milligrams a day. However, while cholesterol in food was considered bad and thought to contribute to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, as it turns out cholesterol in food may not affect your blood cholesterol levels or heart health. If you have concerns about heart health and cholesterol, talk to your doctor for recommendations.
High in Fat
Your body requires fat for reducing inflammation and supporting the health of your brain. One ounce of beef jerky contains 116 calories. More than half of beef jerky’s calories, 66, come from 7.3 grams of total fat. The total fat content includes 3.1 grams of saturated fat.
Immune Boosting Zinc
With 2.3 milligrams of zinc in 1 ounce of beef jerky, you get much of the daily intake recommended by the National Institutes of Health (which ranges from 2 to 13 milligrams daily, depending on age, gender and specific health needs). Zinc supports several of your body’s functions, such as your immune system and the process of cell division. Zinc deficiency symptoms include slow wound healing and loss of the taste and smell senses.
Low in Carbs
Some of the flavorings added to beef jerky contribute to its carbohydrate content of 3.12 grams, which includes 2.55 grams of sugars and 0.5 grams of fiber. Because beef jerky’s carbohydrate count measures below 5 grams, it may be considered a low-carb snack.