The History of Biltong
Biltong is dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa, first introduced by the Dutch in the 1800’s it quickly became the soul of a country. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain.
The word biltong is from the Dutch bil (“rump”) and tong (“strip” or “tongue”).
People have been using the antimicrobial properties of certain spices since ancient times. The spices introduced and used by the Dutch to make biltong include pepper, coriander, and cloves. Modern research has shown even small quantities of coriander oil kill bacteria.
Typical Nutritional Information
|Typical Value||Per 100g|
|Energy||1176kj / 279kcal|
Low in fat.
Ideal for healthy snacking, paleo diets and fitness fanatics alike. Unlike other cured meats, it’s low in fat - there’s just 6% fat in a 100gram serving.
High in protien.
Biltong is a delicious and healthy snack and is also a great natural source of protein, 53g of protein per 100g of Biltong.
Protein is one of the three building blocks of our foods along with carbohydrates and fats, and plays one of the most vital roles in our body. It’s considered the most important of all the macronutrients as it performs a number of important functions.
Protein is absolutely essential for muscle growth as it restores the body's supply of amino acids. These are the main building blocks of our muscles and without them growth or repair of worked muscles is diminished.
Protein has also been closely linked to appetite regulation as one of the main factors that causes us to feel satisfied when we eat.
It is also thought that protein contributes to the regulation of hormones that are linked with motivation and cognition, meaning that it can contribute to improved brain function in a number of areas.
So, as you can see, protein is a very important part of our daily food intake.
Essential Vitamins and Minerals
A great source of vital minerals like zinc, iron, magnesium and vitamin B-12
- Vitamin B12 helps the body produce red blood cells and keep the nervous system healthy.
- Iron important in the development of red blood cells as well as muscle health and growth.
- Zinc known for immune boosting qualities as well as increasing athletic performance.
Natural Creatine Source
Creatine is used as a supplement by many athletes and sports enthusiasts across the globe to improve recovery and performance. Creatine is found naturally in our food and is much easier for our body to absorb in this way. Biltong is a great source of creatine with every 100grams of biltong containing 1.3grams of creatine and 5ograms of protein along with key minerals and vitamins it’s no wonder it’s a favourite among athletes.