Love it, Like it, Hate it: Beef Jerky, Turkey Jerky, and Beyond

Jerky can make a great protein-rich snack in a pinch, but there can be a tremendous difference between brands on shelves.  In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’re Getting the Skinny on what to look for – and what to steer clear of – when it comes to store-bought jerky.

 LOVE IT:  Jerky that’s low in sugar & saturated fat, with no added nitrites

 

Welshire Tom-Toms Turkey Snack Stick

Per stick: 80 calories – 1 gram saturated fat – 430 mg sodium – 2 grams carbs – 1 gram sugar – 8 grams protein

Caveman Foods Spicy BBQ Chicken Jerky

Per ounce: 100 calories – 1 gram saturated fat – 460 mg sodium – 3 grams carbs – 1 grams sugar – 14 gram protein

 

 

 

LIKE IT:  Jerky that’s relatively low in sugar with no added nitrites

Whole Foods 365 Organic Peppered Beef Jerky

Per ounce:  70 calories – 0 saturated fat – 270 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 5 grams sugar – 11 grams protein

Turkey Perky Jerky

Per ounce: 70 calories – 0 saturated fat – 340 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 5 grams sugar – 11 grams protein

Krave Black Cherry Barbecue Pork Jerky

Per ounce: 90 calories – 0 saturated fat – 360 mg sodium – 7 grams carbs – 5 grams sugar – 11 grams protein

 

 

HATE IT: Jerky with added nitrites

 

Jack Link’s Turkey Jerky (low in saturated fat, but contains nitrites + nearly 500 mg sodium)

Per ounce: 80 calories – 0 saturated fat – 490 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 4 grams sugar – 13 grams protein

Jack Link’s Peppered Jerky

Per ounce: 80 calories – 0 saturated fat- 600 mg sodium – 4 grams carbs – 3 grams sugar – 15 grams protein

Slim Jim:  More than twice the calories of most jerky – approximately 25% day’s limit of saturated fat & sodium

Per ounce: 160 calories – 4.5 grams sat fat – 550 mg sodium – 5 grams carbs – 1 gram sugar – 7 grams protein


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