Can Toddlers Eat Jerky? A Guide for Parents on What to Give Your Kids
Jerky is a popular snack that most kids love. It’s a meaty, salty and savory snack that can be eaten by itself or as a side with vegetables.Toddlers usually have to wait until they are at least 3 years old before they can eat jerky and it is best to avoid giving it to them until then.
Jerky is not the only food that you can give your toddlers, but it should not be given in large amounts because of its high salt content.
The Health Benefits of Jerky
Jerky is a type of meat that can be used as a healthy snack. It is high in protein, iron, and B vitamins. According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA), one ounce of beef jerky provides about 100 calories with about 15 grams of protein and 0 grams of fat. Jerky also has many health benefits such as being low in fat and sodium content, containing high levels of iron, being rich with thiamin (vitamin B1) which helps maintain energy levels and slow cognitive decline.