Are Slim Jims Healthy?

Every meat lover’s haven: the Slim Jims. You can eat them anywhere you want. They are simply tasty and, yes, savage indeed. 

But are these “Long Bois” healthy? We shall find that out in this article. 

Let’s get right into it.

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Are Slim Jims Healthy?

These feisty-looking snacks are really spicy and make you crave more. They are made with pork and meat.

Before we find the answer to our question, we shall do an ingredient analysis to understand what goes into its making and what goes inside us. 

Ingredient Analysis:

We shall do an ingredient analysis of the giant pack of original Slim Jim sticks:

BEEF, PORK, MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN, WATER, TEXTURED SOY FLOUR, CORN SYRUP, SALT, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF: NATURAL FLAVORS, DEXTROSE, PAPRIKA AND EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, MALTODEXTRIN, LACTIC ACID STARTER CULTURE, BARLEY MALT EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM NITRITE.

Slim Jim Original Sticks (giant sticks) Ingredients

The original flavor and the flavored one contain sodium nitrate as a preservative. The most important thing is that it contains 6g of protein. 

We can see the tabasco flavored stick’s ingredients:

Beef, Pork, Mechanically Separated Chicken, Water, Textured Soy, Flour, Corn Syrup, Salt, Contains Less Than 2% Of Natural Flavors, Dextrose, Tabasco® Brand Processor Blend, Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt, Paprika And Extractives Of Paprika, Sodium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce, Distilled Vinegar, Red Pepper, Salt, Lactic Acid Starter Culture, Barley Malt Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Nitrite.

S. No.CriteriaOriginal SticksFlavored Sticks
1.Whole ingredientsYesYes
2.Artificial ingredientsNoNo
3.Level of ProcessingHighHigh
4.Harmful ingredientsNoNo
5.Carbs to Fibre Ratio(5/1)(5/1)

Nutritional Info Analysis:

The original slim jims and flavored packs also come as monster sticks with two sticks in the packing. This analysis applies to the original pack and all flavored packs. 

S. No.HeadNutritional Facts per Serving (1 stick in a giant stick pack with 6g protein)Nutritional Facts per Serving (1 stick in a monster stick pack with 11g protein)
1.Calories130260
2.Fat10 g19 g
3.Sodium490 mg900 mg
4.Carbohydrate5 g10 g
5.Dietary Fibre1 g2 g

It is too high in sodium. The fat it contains is saturated. Kindly note that an adult male must have a daily intake of 2000-300 calories. So, pick and eat wisely.

Product Suitability:

Based on the above-detailed analysis, we can easily conclude this product is suitable for whom.

S. No.Suitable forOriginal SticksFlavored Sticks
1.VegansNoNo
2.DiabetesNoNo
3.VegetarianNoNo
4.PBWF DietNoNo
5.KetoYesYes
6.Gluten-FreeNoNo

Allergy Alert 

Caution: The manufacturing of the sticks involves Soy, which is unsuitable for people allergic to it. 

Check before consuming.

Pros & Cons

Before concluding, let’s review the pros and cons of Slim Jims to understand if they are healthy.

Pros:

  1. All natural ingredients are used in its making with nothing artificial. 
  2. They are Trans Fat-Free.
  3. Most importantly, they are rich in protein. They give a good amount of protein per gram. 

Cons:

  1. The sticks contain saturated fat. 
  2. They are high in sodium. 
  3. The product is not organic certified. 
  4. Corn Syrup and Dextrose are added sugars in the sticks.

Verdict: Are Slim Jims Healthy?

To summarize, although they are a good source of protein, however, they are not as healthy as you may think. It is best to eat only one stick and not consume it regularly. Limit eating to a minimum.

FAQs

1. Why does Slim Jims have carbs?

Slim Jims have carbs due to the fact that the fundamental components of jerky, meat, and spices, seldom, if ever, contain many carbohydrates. Some jerky manufacturers do end up adding carbohydrates to their jerky by putting additives that may act as extra preservatives or taste enhancers.

2. Do Slim Jims give you protein?

Yes, as mentioned earlier, Slim Jims contains 6g of protein in it. The monster pack contains 11g of protein. 

3. What other products do Slim Jims make?

  • Sticks: 6g Giant Sticks, 11g Monster Sticks, Savage Sticks. 
  • Meat N’ Cheese: Normal Size, Big Boss.
  • Jerky: Bacon Jerky, Beef Steaks Strips, Steakhouse.
  • Pork Rinds: Squalin’ Hot, Hogwild BBQ.

These products are also available in Multipacks. 

About the author

Dana describes herself as a culinary enthusiast who loves to taste and experiment with new food items. Along with being a foodie, she is also extremely health conscious.

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