If your idea of a healthy lunch is a turkey sandwich, then you need to stick around and read this. Now, you may be thinking well, a turkey sandwich is much better than grabbing a Big Mac and some fries, but actually it can be just as bad for you.
If you're not selecting sliced "whole cuts" of deli meat (ham, turkey or pot roast), then you're in danger of ingesting harmful preservatives and fillers.
The problem is that the more common choices of deli meat are processed, like salami, bologna, and some smoked turkey breast. These processed cuts tend to be more fatty and contain higher levels of salt, sodium nitrate and chemicals.
Researchers have discovered that high amounts of nitrates can lead to an increased chance of a heart attack, diabetes, cancer, and even Alzheimer's.
When you eat foods with sodium nitrate, over time it can cause your arteries to narrow and harden, leading to blood vessel damage and possibly heart disease. Nitrates also affect the way your body uses sugar, which can lead to diabetes. And according to Alzheimers.net, the chemicals in processed meats can "cause the liver to produce fats that are toxic to the brain."
So why do they add it to our yummy lunch meats? Well, that's easy – without it, deli meat would be colorless, have a shorter shelf life and would not be as "flavorful".
To play it safe, purchase lunch meat that is organic or labeled as having "no nitrates". Alternatively, you can cook fresh meat at home – like turkey or chicken breasts – and then slice it yourself.
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