Yes, jerky is healthy and has many health benefits, including weight loss. When consumed in moderation as part of a balanced diet, beef jerky is an excellent snack that is low in calories, high in protein and a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, iron, choline and vitamin B12. Beef jerky generally has a fairly high sodium content. A 1-ounce serving can contain nearly 20% of the recommended daily sodium limit for adults. According to the American Heart Association, nine out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium, which can increase water retention and cause bloating, swelling and weight gain.
The organization also states that, over time, excess sodium can increase the risk of various health conditions, including heart enlargement, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and kidney stones.