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16 Feb 2013

Healthy Snacks
I am starting to eat healthy and would like to know if i can eat game biltong and peanuts.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Gerrit
If you intend losing weight when you mention that you are starting to eat a healthy diet, then you can probably eat small portions of game biltong and peanuts of about 30g on alternative days. The reason why one needs to be careful about the amounts of biltong and peanuts that one eats, is that although both foods are healthy (good sources of protein, B vitamins, and biltong is rich in iron, vit B12 and zinc, while peanuts are rich in monounsaturated fats, which protect the heart), they have a relatively high energy or kJ-content: Peanuts contain 2431 kJ of energy per 100g, while biltong provides approx. 1348 kJ of energy per 100g. This is why you should eat sparingly of such foods and not every day if you intend losing weight
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