According to ConAgraFoods.com, “Slim Jim is a convenient, one-of-a-kind snack with the intense flavor and snap that consumers love.” But is the Slim Jim really as slight an addition to your daily diet as the name implies? One look at the snack food’s food label answers this question once and for all.
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There are 240 calories in a regular-sized original Slim Jim, with 180 of them coming from fat. If you eat 2,000 calories each day, a single Slim Jim covers one-tenth of your total daily allowance, while consuming even more of a 1,500-calorie diet.
Each Slim Jim has 20 g of total fat, 7 g of saturated fat, 1 g of trans fat, 2 g of polyunsaturated fat and 7 g of monounsaturated fat. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 2,000-calorie diet should consist of between 44 and 78 g of fat each day and no more than 2 g of trans fat. One Slim Jim equals between one-quarter and a half of the amount of total and trans fat you should eat in a given day.
You should consume no more than 300 mg of cholesterol each day. One way the Mayo Clinic suggests doing this is by reducing the amount of animal products you consume. A Slim Jim, which is made of animal products, contains 50 mg cholesterol.
The regular-sized Slim Jim contains 1,100 mg of sodium. For healthy adults, no more than 2,300 mg of sodium should be consumed each day. However, some healthy adults require only 1,500 mg of sodium on a daily basis for optimal health.
With a 2,000-calorie diet, you should get between 225 and 325 g of carbohydrates each day, preferably from whole grains, fruits and beans. Slim Jims offer 7 g of carbohydrates, with 0 g of dietary fiber and 2 g of sugar-based carbs.
Slim Jims contain 10 g of protein per stick. You ought to aim for 50 to 175 g of protein each day, so a single Slim Jim covers as much as 20 percent of your daily need or as little as 5.7 percent.
Slim Jims meet approximately 6 percent of your daily allotment of iron. However, a Slim Jim does not contain any vitamin A, vitamin C or calcium.