By Ashley Goss
Ch’arki”, a name derived from the Quechuan language of the Incas (which literally translates into “dried meat”), later evolved into what we now call jerky. The discovery of Jerky allowed humans to both store food for long periods of time and have an easily carried, dense source of nutrition to take with them on journeys. Jerky is both flavorful and compact and almost any meat can be made into jerky. Some say Native Americans made the first jerky (buffalo jerky) thousands of years ago, while others say an ancient Inca tribe called the Quechua made jerky as early as the 1500’s. Whatever the case, this time tested recipe has been passed from generation to generation.
What you may not know is that Striplings beef jerky is today’s superfood!
Our jerky is low fat with no preservatives. Other jerky on the market and those that you may find in stores are loaded with preservatives. Preservatives are the same stuff found in today’s fast food and we all know fast food is not good for you. You may have seen the documentary Super Size Me or done this experiment yourself. Take any fast food burger and let it sit out for any number of days. Watch how long it goes bad? It takes a long, long time. These are preservatives and your body does not want them.
Men’s Health and specifically Jeff Volek, Ph.D., R.D, argue that “Beef jerky is high in protein and doesn’t raise your level of insulin—a hormone that signals your body to store fat. That makes it an ideal between-meals snack, especially when you’re trying to lose weight. And while some beef-jerky brands are packed with high-sodium ingredients, such as MSG and sodium nitrate, chemical-free products are available. If you have high blood pressure, check the label for brands that are made from all-natural ingredients, which reduce the total sodium content.” Its health benefits are evident in the fact that many athletes, weightlifters, and dieters are repeat consumers. Askmen.com recently ranked beef jerky as the #1 protein snack on the market today, even above protein bars sold at general nutrition centers. Loved by all, beef jerky is widely considered the healthiest snack food out there!
All of our jerky is made by hand in Moultrie. This means that when you come to Striplings and buy from us, it is made right here in Georgia and is the freshest possible. It is not sitting on trucks for weeks like other jerky–not that it would matter since other jerky contains all of those preservatives.
In addition, beef jerky is a high-energy snack that can fuel you through a vigorous workout or intense bout of exercise. This snack contains a hefty dose of protein, with 9.41 grams per 1-ounce serving, and supplies certain key vitamins and minerals as well. Besides the excellent source of protein, beef jerky is high in Iron, good fat, zinc and carbohydrates.
So put down that fancy protein bar and come over to Striplings where you will find the best superfood on the market. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Ashley Goss is a 2001 graduate UGA with a degree in Marketing. She is 3rd generation employee of Stripling’s and has been involved with the company full time as of 2005.