Deli sandwiches are so easy and can be a very healthy choice. Unfortunately, I can’t eat them right now. Turkey, ham and roast beef are all lean options! I tell my clients you can find a turkey sandwich on whole wheat (sans mayo) wherever you go!
The main issues with deli meats are the nitrates and the sodium content. Sodium nitrate is a common ingredient in deli meats that is used as a food preservative. The concern with nitrates is that it’s a known carcinogen. Now I wouldn’t go crazy if you consume it from time to time, but if you consume deli meats on a daily basis I recommend using a brand that is nitrate free.
In the past I have always recommended Applegate Farms products. I love their products because they are organic and nitrate free. However, these are not sold everywhere and are a bit pricey. This morning while watching the Today Show, there was a segment on the healthiest packaged foods and they mentioned Hormel Natural Choice deli meats that are nitrate free! While I haven’t tried these myself, I’m sure they are easier to find and would make a great healthy lunch meat choice.
Keep in mind, sodium content on these brands is still high. So if you suffer from high blood pressure look for a reduced sodium, nitrate free alternative.
Do you enjoy deli meats?