For better or worse, we’re in the midst of a snack revolution. People on-the-go don’t have as much time to cook and sit down for healthy meals together, so we often end up snacking. But if you’ve ever tried to get something healthy to eat from a gas station, you’ll know that today’s snack options aren’t exactly good for you. Dried meat on the other hand is rightfully known as the healthy alternative.
The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA for 1 cup (90g) of beef jerky pieces.
- Calories: 369
- Fat: 23g
- Sodium: 1870mg
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Fiber: 2g
- Sugars: 8g
- Protein: 30g
Carbs in Beef Jerky
One piece of beef jerky pieces has contains about 82 calories and just over two grams carbohydrate. This is a low-carbohydrate food. Much of the carbohydrate in beef jerky comes from sugar (1.1 grams) and some comes from fiber (less than half gram).
The estimated glycemic load of a single piece of beef jerky is one.
Many people eat more than a single serving of jerky when they consume the snack. One cup of beef jerky pieces has 369 calories, 30 grams protein, 23 grams fat, and about 10 grams carbohydrate.
Fats in Beef Jerky
There are about five grams of fat in a single piece of beef jerky. The fat is a blend of saturated fat and monounsaturated fat.
Protein in Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is a good source of protein providing almost seven grams per piece.
Micronutrients in Beef Jerky
A single serving of beef jerky does not provide substantial vitamins or minerals except for sodium.
One cup of beef jerky pieces has about 537 milligrams potassium, 7 milligrams zinc, but also more than 1800 milligrams sodium.
Nutrition information may vary based on what's used to flavor the beef jerky. A cup of beef jerky is also high in iron, magnesium, vitamin B12, and choline