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Auswan Biltong, with its air dried cured meat, is a popular snack made and enjoyed by many biltong lovers world-wide but extremely popular in South Africa. What makes biltong so popular is certainly not only because it is so delicious, but also because it is a nutritious and healthier alternative to other snacks such as:- chips, sweets, chocolates and the like. Next to bacon, one thing that makes people seriously reconsider veganism is biltong and when facing a pouch of the good stuff, you probably can’t help reaching for just a little bit more, every time.

But, beware that some biltong contains high sodium and artificial additives and so are Jerky too. So, if you want the most out of the meaty snack’s health benefits, be sure to pick brands that don’t overdo it on the ingredients like Auswan Biltong.

What Nutritional Value Does Biltong Have?

Biltong’s nutritional value lies therein that it is a source of protein and it is extremely low in carbohydrates. Unlike other snacks, biltong contains no carcinogenic1,2 ingredients. Our biltong also has less than one percent sugar per 100g and that’s why when faced at a tasty treat, you wouldn’t necessarily think that it amounts to a very healthy snack. So while everything is best in moderation, it turns out that eating biltong is healthier than you think. In fact, it’s healthier than most common snacks. The IOL, Independent Online News Agent South Africa, even called it the best weight-loss snack, which suits most people just fine.

Here are seven somewhat surprisingly healthy benefits of biltong that probably don’t spring to mind for the everyday consumer:-

1. Biltong is low in fat, usually averaging 3 %, so it’s the perfect snack when you’re dieting.

2. It also contains fewer kilojoules than the other snacks like chocolate or chips. This is because biltong is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates. As little as 25g of lean biltong can meet half your daily protein requirements.

3. It’s naturally gluten-free and high in Vitamin B12, which is essential for healthy blood and nerve cells as well as successful cell replication, especially for growing kids.

4. The traditional spices used on biltong are natural ingredients that you’re familiar with like salt, pepper, vinegar, coriander. There are also less harmful chemicals in the favouring and in the preserving. Jerky or some other biltong snacks are the opposite.

5. It’s light and stores well, so it’s ideal for long car trips, camping, fishing and hiking. Or just keep some in your gym bag or riding a bike to fill that hungry stomach. Because it’s so high in protein it’s the perfect post-workout snack for the gym.

6. Fancy being a little versatile? You can cook with biltong. It goes really well with avocado and mangoes. Add it to a bowl of green salads or a platter of cheese and toasted bread to give it a little something extra, without having to use fatty cured meats like salami. Toasted bread with smashed avocado and biltong are damn good and tasty.

7. Biltong contains iron3, called Heme iron which is a form of iron that is most readily absorbed by the body. You can absorb up to 30% of the heme iron consumed during the day. Therefore having meat or biltong snacks boost your iron levels far more than eating non-heme iron. A daily portion of biltong can provide you with the iron levels your body needs.

Where Does Biltong Come From?

While biltong is a South African food made from dried beef and game meat, the word itself is Dutch. “Bil” means buttock and “tong” means strip.  The treat is very similar to the more primitive Dutch tassal. In short, it is just a strip of tasty air-dried meat, cut or sliced into a more chewable form for the customer’s convenience.

Biltong, as it’s known in South Africa, is a delicacy that is believed to have been inherited from the pioneering South African ancestors who dried out meat during their trek across the continent.  While biltong has an interesting history, it also has a great future as the biltong and “droë wors” industry in South Africa is massive and caters to both locals and tourists.

Why Doesn’t Biltong Go Off?

Imagine buying your favourite snack and knowing that it will never expire!4 Well, that is what the experience is like for all biltong lovers. Biltong is cured and dried in such a way that it is protected from potential contamination. Simply put, it can never go bad if treated well. The meat is spiced with a blend of salt, coriander seeds and vinegar. But of course with experience the perfection lies in the hands that marinate it, which does not mean that you can buy your biltong now and expect to enjoy it in a few years’ time. While the meat itself will not spoil, the longer you leave it, the less fresh and flavoursome it will be. So still treat it as for meat but read the instructions on the pouches for best results.

When is Biltong Ready to Eat?

The drying time of biltong will vary depending on the type and style of biltong being made. For instance, wet biltong will be ready to eat far quicker than a very dry biltong style.  Standard biltong varieties that are slightly soft in the centre and dry on the outside must typically dry for 4 to 5 days before it is ready to eat. Biltong reaches its best flavour from betweentwo weeks up to two months after the sealing. Also remember it’s cheaper to order biltong in bulk for use in your own food recipes.

How is Biltong Different to Jerky?

Many people travelling overseas and trying to explain what biltong is to foreigners will describe biltong as a type of jerky. Biltong and Jerky are actually very similar in that they are both dried and cured meats. However, jerky is cooked and traditionally dried with salt and a lot of sugar and unlike biltong; it is not cured with vinegar. Jerky is also often smoked or dehydrated whereas biltong never is. Jerky with a high content of sugar needs water to stay in that state otherwise sugar turns back in to a dry form, which make it an unhealthy snack and also when it is dehydrated becomes very dry and hard to eat. Biltong has almost no sugar, has a much more tender texture for a pleasant soft tasty snack and a more meaty flavour.

Auswan Beef uses only the Best cuts for their Biltong?

Beef is often the preferred type of meat to make biltong from as it is readily available and also far more affordable than game. Organic, grass-fed (hormone free) beef is great for making biltong, but the cut of beef is an important factor too. That’s why Auswan Biltong only makes use of lean beef with minimal marbling. Marbling refers to those fatty white pieces or streaks that you will often see in a piece of meat.

Finally, Auswan Beef biltong is a healthy Snack that doesn’t taste like cardboard, bark or sugared meat with a rubbery texture!

To recap, memorise those six health benefits ahead of upcoming events like a road trip, a great fishing trip, and hiking or just for the fun of having biltong where ever you go.. like Cricket and footy championships. Not that you need an excuse to enjoy biltong during the footy games, but it never hurts to have some ammo up your sleeve.

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