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What’s the beef with cold cuts?

September 14th, 2011 | no comments

Cold Cuts

OK, let’s be honest- as a busy adult facing the demands of a full time job or college (or both), when it comes to grabbing a quick lunch or dinner, sooner or later you will be faced with sub-sandwiches piled high with cold cuts like salami, ham, and turkey.

Processed meats are those that are salted, smoked, cured or preserved with nitrates. They typically contain lots of salt and fat too and include hot dogs, sausage, salami, ham, bacon, deli cold cuts, pepperoni and other cured meats. Before you order that Spicy Italian sub from Subway, you might want to digest the following facts about processed meats:

  • According to a 2010 news release from the National Cancer Institute, researchers found an increased risk between eating high amounts of processed red meats and bladder cancer
  • Eating processed meats can raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes ( Source: Harvard School of Public Health: May 2010 study appearing in the journal “Circulation”)
  • Two ounces of processed meat can have as much as 700 mg of sodium! Remember, the recommendations are less than 2300 mg of sodium per day.

What should you do?

It’s OK to eat a lunch meat sandwich once in awhile, but be smart and choose fresh meat subs most often. You can find fresh meat subs (like the Oven Roasted Chicken sub) at sandwich shops like Subway, or save money and make your own using leftovers from last night’s turkey dinner! Here’s a good idea— be adventurous and try a meatless sandwich for a change of pace!

 

Make it an energizing day!

Melanie

 

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