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LGLWSM Newsletter 081 - Which Luncheon Meats Are Healthy Choices?
February 27, 2015
Most people eat at least one sandwich per day at lunchtime. I know they’re a staple go-to in our house, compliments of the way I was brought up. You’re hungry, you reach for a couple slices of bread, slap on some meat and cheese, and voila! A simple and fast way to keep stomach growls at a minimum till dinnertime.
The problem is the vast amounts of chemicals found in luncheon meats - a big concern for anyone who’s trying to cut out the crap. That’s why it pays to know which types of meats are best to buy.
Most luncheon meats today are processed, which means they potentially contain hormones, dyes, fillers, preservatives, and in some instances, explosive amounts of sodium. Of course, this means they aren't going to be the most healthy option out there. Here's some guidelines to help you make better choices for you and your family!
How to Choose the Healthiest Sandwich Meats
The best meats are certified organic, grass-fed options, that do not contain hormones and antibiotics. Animals that are raised in a pasture have a higher ratio of omega-3 fatty acids, and are fed food free of nasty pesticides.
- Sodium nitrate/sodium nitrite - BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) - BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) - Smoked/naturally smoked/smoke flavor - Corn syrup - Aspartame - High amounts of sodium
If you want to buy deli meat that’s real meat, look for striations and streaks of fat, and the meat grain, which means the cuts are usually cooked. Think pastrami, roasted turkey, roast beef, and real ham. This should indicate that the meat is quality stuff, albeit a bit expensive for what you get. In many instances, good old peanut butter and banana might just be the best choice you can make!
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