Beef Jerky

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    Sep 09, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    So I'm something of a broke college student who continuously wants to keep up with the protein intake of 1.5x my bodyweight (on a good day that I can achieve it). I've started eating lots of beef jerky as a snack in my room since I don't have access to much else. (No in-dorm kitchens here)

    I know it has nitrates which aren't great for you, but I'm wondering if there's anything terrible about doing this. I also think it's a lower quality protein but I'm not entirely sure. Is this ok?
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    Sep 09, 2013 8:37 AM GMT
    I love beef jerky. But too much sodium if you get the teriyaki or flavored varieties. Lower quality protein? Not sure. I've heard ostrich jerky is better. Forgot the reason. Think it's leaner meat or something.

    Are you allowed to have a microwave in your room? If yes, that gives you more options in terms of healthier snacking.
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    Sep 10, 2013 3:43 AM GMT
    Probably one of the worst things to eat. Extremely salty and chemicals you don't know... Go with roasted, unsalted nuts instead. or add a little salt back in yourself. If you have to have meat. Go ahead and invest in a dehydrator and make your own healthy version without the chemicals and salt.
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    Sep 10, 2013 4:44 AM GMT
    You guys are probably right. I need to look for an alternative... I was 3 bags deep this weekend lol.
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    Sep 10, 2013 5:07 AM GMT
    Hecarim420 saidYou guys are probably right. I need to look for an alternative... I was 3 bags deep this weekend lol.



    I love me some Jerky!


    But you're probably a walking salt lick lmao

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    Sep 17, 2013 12:48 PM GMT
    The price of jerky in most parts of the US is rather expensive for what you get. I ate it quite a bit when I was in the Army doing field training, carried it with me to supplement my C-rats, and later MREs. Also when recreational camping & hiking, it's main advantages to me were its resistance to spoilage when not refrigerated, light compact size and being ready-to-eat. Its saltiness could actually be an advantage, since I was often perspiring a lot through physical exertion and so losing salt, while drinking lots of water.

    But I wouldn't make it a routine part of my indoor diet. Check if your dorm permits small refrigerators, along with microwaves as xrichx suggested. Avoid hotplates, more fire & burn risk, smell, require utensils and overall less easy than a mic.

    A dorm fridge can be rented, and some places deliver, but you can buy new at Target or elsewhere for $100-200, to keep or later sell to another student. Or buy used from somebody yourself.
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    Sep 21, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    I make my own jerky but I have a oven and kitchen access..How about goin to Sam's club buy large bags of almonds, peanuts,cans of tuna.
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    Sep 25, 2013 8:26 AM GMT
    Costco has some premade protein drinks that are good and reasonable.

    However, your young and your doing something right to look lean and ripped so don't worry to much!
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    Oct 02, 2013 5:43 AM GMT
    I'm sorry did the OP really hotlist himself lmao. When backpacking I've used beef jerky and protein shakes. The only issue is sodium content.
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    Oct 02, 2013 5:45 AM GMT
    venue35 saidMaybe there is organic beef jerky
    Probably more expensive though...


    Unless we are trying to avoid nitrates I was taught organic is only worth it when the meat is higher in fat content.
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    Oct 05, 2013 9:05 PM GMT
    Beef jerky or any processed meat is worse than steak/chicken/salmon etc. Also steak in particular is super quick to cook.