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Beef jerky is the perfect post-workout snack.
It has tons of protein, zinc and iron,
and is low- fat.
If you think beef jerky's only place is on a gas station shelf, you should reconsider. This snack has some unexpected benefits that make it a perfect post-workout snack. Here's why eating more jerky
will help you recover faster and better.
The Science Behind the Snack
After working out, your body needs just the right amount of protein for muscle recovery. According to sports dietitians Michelle Rockwell and Susan Kundrat, growing athletes need 0.6 to 0.9 grams of proteins per day for each pound of muscle mass
. This puts an ideal post-workout snack at around 10-20 grams of protein.
Since 40 grams of jerky has 14 grams of protein, this snack fits the bill. Besides having the perfect amount of protein, beef jerky is typically low-fat
. Newer varieties have even eliminated nitrites and cut back on sodium and cholesterol