In fact, 50 percent of us eat one each day. But these days you may be thinking twice about grabbing a sandwich on your lunch break, and not just for the carbs in the bread. With its processed reputation, deli meat (including sliced turkey, ham, and roast beef) is not making many “clean eating” lists these days.
Thereof, are deli meats bad for you?
A new statement from a World Health Organization research agency classified processed meat — including bacon, hot dogs and lunch meats like salami — as carcinogenic. It also found that eating 50 grams daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18 per cent. Yikes.
What does lunch meat have in it?
The various deli meats can be divided into 3 major categories: 1) Fresh Cooked Meat – Full pieces that are freshly cooked and flavored with salt and various spices. Think freshly baked turkey, or roast beef. 2) Moderately Processed – These are pieces of excess meat that are removed from the bone and ground together.
What deli meat is good for you?
So what are the healthiest deli meat brands?
- Land O'Frost Simply Delicious Hickory Smoked Ham.
- Boar's Head Simplicity® All Natural* Cap-Off Top Round Oven Roasted Beef.
- Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lower Sodium Rotisserie Chicken Breast.
- Applegate Naturals® Smoked Turkey Breast.