Ask the TriHealth Expert: How do you include jerky in a healthy diet?

How to include jerky in a healthy diet. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) - Beef jerky isn't hard to find, it's now in convenience stories, grocery stores and even meat markets; some make their own.

Local 12 asked the experts at TriHealth how to make the best choices, if people like jerky and don't want it to damage a healthy diet. There's is hot jerky and spicy jerky, really good jerky; they're an explosion of flavors and favorites.

Jerky buyer for Jungle Jim's, Tony McGuire, said, "There's so many I couldn't tell you."

There are so many choices now than ever before, and many of those choices may actually be good for people.

Karolin Saweres of TriHealth said, "Which would be turkey jerky, and venison jerky."

Saweres is a registered dietition and said the newer versions do tend to be higher in protein. But she does caution that if people eat the whole package, in many cases that's often more than one serving. That can lead to higher levels of salt and sometimes fat than what's suggested in a day.

The good news is with so many choices people may now be able to find a healthier option of their favorite. And if they don't, keep looking! Venison jerky, turkey jerky, elk jerky, alligator and ostrich jerky are just a few of the newer choices in a lot of flavors.

Eastgate sells three times the amount of jerky compared to Fairfield at Jungle Jim's because they have a bigger selection. People can spend from $2 to $20 a package depending on brand, amount and whether or not it's locally made.



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