Biltong is a South African delicacy that is made up of dried cured beef. Translated directly from Dutch, biltong literally means ’rump strip’. European settlers in South Africa in the early 17th century used a mixture of vinegar and salt petre to preserve their meats, which were primarily beef or native game such as kudu, springbok or wildebeest. Like the intrepid men of the wild west, Voortrekkers on their great journey across South Africa (away from British Imperial rule) chomped on biltong for sustenance.
If you have been on the lookout for a healthy high energy and low-calorie snack that can keep you going throughout the day, then you should seriously consider giving Biltong a try. Better tasting and more nutritious than the variety of protein bars available on the market.
Biltong has numerous health benefits, which explains why it is rapidly gaining popularity among the masses.
Biltong is packed full of protein which plays an important role in our bodies as it is crucial to muscle growth by restoring our supply of amino acids. Without protein our muscles can’t grow or repair themselves. Protein also contributes to the regulation of hormones that are linked to motivation and cognition. Protein helps us to feel satisfied and full when we eat, which is helpful to maintain and control our appetites.
This popular snack is also rich in iron which helps to make red blood cells. These blood cells carry oxygen around the body and are vital for good health, muscle growth and recovery.
Biltong is also a great source of vitamins including vitamin B12 (which helps with muscle maintenance and keeping our nervous system healthy) and zinc which helps us process carbohydrates, fat and protein in the foods we eat.
Finally, a diet that includes biltong will improve the levels of creatine in the body which is important when working out or taking part in any other physical activity.
But as with everything in life, biltong must be eaten in moderation. Because as the saying goes, too much of a good thing can kill you. It can cause weight gain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.