Biltong, The Healthy Snack

If you have South African friends, then it is very likely that you have encountered Biltong. Perhaps even has some of it. Biltong is a delicacy one of the best known snacks in South Africa. It is dried and cured game meat with different spices. The meat could be that of beef, ostrich, kangaroo, lamb, wildebeest, impala or some other animals at hand. It doesn’t really matter what type of meat. It is in the process that makes it delicious. It is made differently from beef jerky. It has vinegar involved as well as salt, coriander, pepper and fennel seeds, although these can be optional and varied. The main difference is biltong is air dried, usually hanging from hooks instead of being smoked.

It is a surprisingly healthy snack despite its humble appearance. In fact, it is now being hailed as the post workout recovery snack of choice for carnivores. This South African treat is originally Dutch which when translated means round tongue. 

High in protein, low in sugar and fat, Biltong is naturally gluten-free. This makes it ideal for after workout snacks for people who are watching their diets or in a fitness regimen. Biltong has zinc, an important mineral for its properties in immune boosting that can help against infection and the common cold.

Cobalamin, or vitamin B12, is an essential vitamin that the body cannot produce. The body needs this for the normal function of nerve cells. It is crucial for DNA synthesis and red blood cell formation. Biltong has B12 that could support bone health and prevent osteoporosis. A good vitamin B12 levels may also improve mood and decrease the risk of severe depression.


Low energy and dizziness can sometimes be an indication of low iron or creatine. Biltong is a great source of iron especially for people with anaemia and athletes. Creatine helps the body produce energy. Enough iron in the body can fight off fatigue and help the immune system.

The best thing about it aside from being healthy? It is handy and easy to store. It’s delicious, too.