Health Benefits of Biltong

You may well ask, “Is biltong healthy?” Almost everyone is into eating healthily these days, with special diets such as Banting or Keto. We thought you might be interested in biltong, and how this indigenous food relates to your health. This most popular of snacks is a favourite of many South Africans, so read on, and learn the many ways that biltong is good for you:

      1. The calorie count of biltong is lower than the other snacks one usually reaches for when you feel like something tasty to nibble on, such as potato chips or chocolate.
      2. The reason for that is that biltong is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. 25 grams of lean beef biltong can meet half your daily protein requirement.
      3. It’s high protein content makes it the perfect post-workout snack.
      4. It stores very well, so not only can it wait in your gym bag but it is perfect for hiking especially long trails such as the famous Otto trail. It is light due to being dried, and won’t spoil due to the drying and spicing.
      5. The traditional spices used on biltong do not have strange long names but are all natural ingredients you will be familiar with like salt, pepper, vinegar, coriander and paprika. There are less harmful chemicals in the flavouring and in the preserving.
      6. Biltong is low in fat, usually averaging 3%, which makes it a popular weight-reducing diet choice.
      7. It is naturally gluten-free.
      8. It’s the ideal Banting or Keto snack.
      9. It is high in Vitamin B12 which is essential for healthy blood and nerve cells as well as successful cell replication.
      10. Moms purchase chewy biltong for children to chew on during teething. It is also beneficial during pregnancy as it is believed to improve and maintain concentration. Remember to avoid moist biltong during pregnancy and stick to trusted and reliable sources.


Now you know, you can enjoy biltong as a healthy snack, without feeling guilty!

Health benefits data extracted from “Food Lovers” website.

You can also refer to our biltong recipes page and recipe archive for the interesting dishes you can prepare with biltong.

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