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RUBYREDKAT68 SparkPoints: (3,428)
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3/20/13 1:00 P

Boar's Head brand deli meat does not have nitrites. However, it is only sold in upscale supermarkets, it is pricey, and you have to watch the sodium intake regardless.

Also, Trader Joe's has nitrate-free hot dogs (beef, chicken and turkey). The chicken and turkey are low-calorie and a fast family meal - just keep an eye on the expiration date(s).

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,688
3/20/13 10:44 A

Personally, I continue to use bacon and deli meats. I do look for healthier alternatives; and the most important aspect is frequency of usage and portion size. If I make a BLT---I can use 2 strips of bacon and load up on fresh lettuce and tomatoes. I still get the flavor--yet the portion size of bacon is much healthier.

Becky

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3/20/13 9:50 A

google applegate brand. sometimes i buy it. i think hormel brand (their natural choice products) makes what you are looking for. i sometimes buy their bacon, lunchmeat and pepperoni.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
3/20/13 7:12 A

I have kept my head willfully in the sand on this particular point up to now. I love how easy it is to buy sliced turkey and how incredibly low calorie it is for the satiation factor (and it's such a fast food, nearly everything else I eat has to be tediously prepared). Just yesterday they had all deli meat 30% off at my supermarket and I almost bought some but then decided -- maybe this is the time that I stop eating it. Unfortunately the country where I live hasn't picked up on the "nitrate free" idea yet.

Are deli meat and hotdogs the only place these cancer-linked nitrates show up?

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,688
3/19/13 6:40 P

Processed deli meats have been shown to increase one's risk for cancer---particularly colon cancer. Processed meats should be limited in one's diet---this is the recommendation based on research. It is probably a combination of the nitrates, salt, some of these deli meats containing high amounts of fat, etc.

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (34,595)
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3/19/13 6:12 P

I've found the Hormel nitrate free lunch meat -- but unfortunately my family doesn't like them as much as the chemical-laden caramel colored variety. What can you do?

SARAHBETH135 Posts: 12
3/19/13 10:33 A

I believe the one in a brown cardboard box you were referring to is Hormel, they have a couple of nitrate free lunch meats you can buy, as well as nitrate free bacon. Oscar Mayer also offers a few lunch meats as well as bacon, all the packages clearly say "nitrate free" on the front of the package.

CAPRI89 SparkPoints: (39)
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3/19/13 10:28 A

Ehh....I don't buy into the idea that nitrates are bad for you. Being a double major health science biology/nursing student, the notion just doesn't match up with what I've learned. Organic nitrates (organic being the key word) are an essential nutrient for plants and are therefore present in pretty much all fruits and vegetables. Of course you wouldn't want to go around eating nothing but nitrate-laden foods all day due to the risk of nitrate toxicosis but other than that...*shrug*

The MSG scare is another thing I kind of roll my eyes at since it's also a naturally-occurring amino acid to which an extremely small number of people react negatively to in the same sense that people with gluten intolerance can't eat gluten.

But to each their own, I guess.

Edited by: CAPRI89 at: 3/19/2013 (10:36)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,079
3/19/13 9:27 A

After what I learned from a nutrition workshop that my Chiropractor had, I will NEVER buy processed deli meat again. I like the idea of the PP that makes a roast and does leftovers for sandwiches.

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (35,031)
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3/18/13 6:25 P

I try to make a beef roast. a turkey breast or chicken to carve up for sandwiches. We can usually have a dinner with it, and leftovers for sandwiches and soups. I find it to be cost effective also.

REDBIRDFLY Posts: 206
3/18/13 6:13 P

I went to a rather large WalMart store today to stock the frig at work. I asked the meat dept manager if he carried any of the non-nitrate deli meats, I couldn't remember what it's called but it's a major brand in a brown cardboard box. He literally laughed in my face when I tried to explain what sodium nitrite does to ones body....He also said, "you're not from around here are you?" Okay I moved to East Texas from Oregon but does that make me a weirdo? I was standing in front of the processed meat section that was at least 10 feet long and 4 ft high...every one of them full of sodium nitrite...Our government should ban it!! emoticon

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,688
1/20/13 7:10 P

Nitrates can increase one's risk for cancer.
You can buy low sodium, nitrate free deli meats.
Ask in the deli or meat section of your grocery store to find the brands that are now available in your area.

SP Dietitian Becky

GRATTECIELLA SparkPoints: (34,595)
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1/20/13 6:36 P

My family eats a lot of cold cuts (turkey and roast beef sandwiches). I like them because they're relatively low cal and low fat, quick, and tasty.

But I've been hearing a lot about nitrites and nitrates, and how they are really bad for you. I understand that they are added to lunch meat as well as to other processed meats like hot dogs. What are they, and why are they added to these meats? Why are they bad for you? Are there brands of meat that I can buy that don't include these additives that would be healthier for my family?



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