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Beef jerky is an incredibly popular snack food, and while it may be high in sodium, it’s lean and full of protein. 

We’re experiencing somewhat of a jerky renaissance these days, with companies like Jack Link’s and Matador being joined by more out-of-the-box companies like Krave, which sells jerky in flavors like chili lime and pineapple orange. Here are some things you might not know about this popular snack.