Why Do We Make Jerky With Chicken Instead of Beef?

Chicken is delicious - especially when made into jerky with our unique process that took years of reseach, trial, and error to develop. Scientific evidence also supports that it is one of the healthiest varieties of meat, and that is very important to us. Below, we discuss a few of the many reasons that chicken is a better choice of protein for your body than other meats. If you need more reasons than this to believe in chicken jerky, give one of our 3 delicious flavors a try and let your taste buds be the judge!

Antibiotics In Meat And Their Effect On Your Health

Chicken breast, when prepared right, is a very healthy cut of meat. It is also antibiotic free! One of the biggest contributing factor to the rise of antibiotic resistant illnesses in America is antibiotic use in animals that we eat. Fortunately, it is illegal to sell chicken treated with antibiotics for human consumption in the USA. This is not the case for other meats, such as beef. Dr. Arjun Srinivasan (associate director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states:

"The more you use an antibiotic, the more you expose a bacteria to an antibiotic, the greater the likelihood that resistance to that antibiotic is going to develop. So the more antibiotics we put into people, we put into the environment, we put into livestock, the more opportunities we create for these bacteria to become resistant."

Eating meat filled with antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria in your stomach, and cause bad bacteria to become resistant to those antibiotics over time. Using antibiotic-free meat is a core principle of Smokehut Jerky and we will stick by this even if the regulations on antibiotic use in chicken are removed. 

Cholesterol, Fat, and Your Heart

Chicken is lower in cholesterol and saturated fats than beef, which is something your heart may appreciate. According to the American Heart Association, "cholesterol and saturated fat can raise your blood cholesterol and make heart disease worse." In a 3.5 ounce cut of chicken breast, you will find about 85mg of cholesterol and 1g of saturated fat. Compare that to about 303mg cholesterol and 13g saturated fat in a 3.5 ounce cut of beef flank! Cholesterol can be a serious problem for people who have too much. Heart.org states:

"Excess cholesterol can form plaque between layers of artery walls, making it harder for your heart to circulate blood. Plaque can break open and cause blood clots. If a clot blocks an artery that feeds the brain, it causes a stroke. If it blocks an artery that feeds the heart, it causes a heart attack."

If you have high cholesterol or want to potentially lower your risk of heart disease, eating chicken over beef (and limiting the amount of red meat you consume) is a smart choice. 

 The Link Between Red Meat and Cancer

Consumption of red meat has been linked to cancer - more specifically, colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancers, by prominent experts in the field. Red meat includes all mammalian muscle meat, including, beef, pork, lamb/ mutton, goat, horse, venison, etc. It is classified in group 2A, which means it is probably carcinogenic to humans. In other words, there are very strong correlations, and more evidence is continuously being gathered. 

Still, "the Global Burden of Disease Project has estimated that diets high in red meat could be responsible for 50,000 cancer deaths per year worldwide." Chicken does not carry the baggage of being potentially linked to cancer, so this is one more reason for why we choose to get our protein from chicken breast. 

Give Smokehut Jerky a try! Your body and your tastebuds are sure to appreciate it. 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=2%20Am%20J%20Clin%20Nutr.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/06/27/155527365/visualizing-a-nation-of-meat-eaters

http://www.healthline.com/health/high-cholesterol/chicken-vs-beef#2

http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/