Some of the unknown health ben

Some of the unknown health benefits of eating biltong

Like you need a reason to eat more of this mouth-watering snack.

Some of the unknown health ben

It’s one of South Africa’s national foods, and widely enjoyed by almost all South Africans – we’ll admit that not ALL foreigners go gaga for it; it’s more of a love-it or hate-it kinda snack – but did you know that as well as being delicious, biltong is actually good for you?

What makes biltong so good for you?


This means that it helps with muscle growth and the restoration of amino acids in our bodies. We need protein to help restore and grow our muscles, but we also need it to help us feel full. Protein also works in our bodies to help regulate hormones.


Biltong is a good source of iron, which helps make red blood cells – and these are the things that carry oxygen around the body, so they’re pretty important.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12, like iron, helps make red blood cells, and like protein, helps with muscle development and restoration. Vitamin B12 also helps keep our nervous system healthy and releases energy from our food and processes folic acid.

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Zinc is also known as ‘the cell creator’ and makes enzymes. Zinc helps process carbs, fat and protein so that we can use the food for energy. Zinc helps our wounds to heal, which is pretty cool (and important).


Biltong is a source of creatine, which allows the body to produce energy so that we feel invigorated and able to exercise and do physical things.

It’s delicious

Okay, that’s not really a health benefit, as such, but it does make it very palatable and easy to consume, which then allows all these good things to enter our bodies.

Getting hold of biltong in the UK

If you’re not living in the natural home of biltong, there are several outlets in the UK that can help with your craving, and as seen above, help keep you nice and healthy. You can even order biltong online, which takes all the hassle out of finding somewhere to buy it, and you can have it delivered to your door.

Also read: Buying biltong online in the UK just got really easy

We can’t make everybody appreciate the deliciousness of South Africa’s tastiest meaty delicacy, but if you need a healthy snack alternative, biltong may be just what you’re looking for.