How Can I Choose a Healthier Lunch Meat?
Lunch meat is generally considered unhealthy, but what if it’s your only option? A dietitian discusses what to consider.
A: Processed meat, like lunch meat, hot dogs and sausage, are generally considered unhealthy. These types of meat have large amounts of saturated fat and sodium, both of which have been linked to cancer, obesity and heart disease.
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But lunch meat is also incredibly convenient and many times kids prefer lunch meat over other types of meat. So if you’re searching for a healthier lunch meat option, consider these tips:
If your only option is prepackaged lunch meat, you’ll want to read the food label carefully, specifically the ingredients and what’s been added. Look for nitrate-free and low-sodium options and make sure you understand the serving size.
You can also buy a roast, ham or chicken breast and cook it yourself, then slice it off into lunch meat size portions. This helps to ensure you know what’s in the meat you’re eating.
– Registered dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD.