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Old 03-09-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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Is Eating Deli Meat Really That Bad for You? - NYTimes.com
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:12 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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It tends to be high salt, but that is only an issue if you have blood pressure problems.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Apparently the major offender is thought to be nitrites, which act as preservatives, and are carcinogenic. But this kind of meat is also often high in salt and/or fat.

We eat the leaner, lower salt cold cuts in moderation.

I am a little surprised at the inclusion of turkey bacon in the list. We do eat that.
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Old 03-09-2019, 10:25 AM
 
Location: IN
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Just don’t eat large amounts of foods with nitrites and nitrates. It isn’t like most are going to go out of their way to avoid it all the time.
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Old 03-09-2019, 11:58 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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You can find nitrite/nitrate free cold cuts pretty easily in most places.

Even Oscar Meyer has a few products that are nitr* free.
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Old 03-09-2019, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Central IL
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Like anything else, if you eat too much of it, it's bad for you. If you're not eating bacon every morning or cold cuts for lunch every day or hotdogs for dinner every night you're probably okay. If you're doing all three, prepare for an early funeral! ...jk
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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I do my best to buy higher quality when I get some cold cuts, like Boars Head brand and others with less preservatives. I grew up on jumbo and chipped han and made it so far but now I am more careful about what I put in my mouth. I make my sandwiches without bread, use romaine lettuce leaves or just spread some cream cheese and sliced onion on a salami slice and that's my little sandwich.
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Wine Country
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Just look for uncured. Whole Foods has a wide selection of uncured meats.
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Old 03-09-2019, 02:06 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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You can find nitrite/nitrate free cold cuts pretty easily in most places.

Even Oscar Meyer has a few products that are nitr* free.
I've had the Oscar Meyer but the meat guy at the grocery store said it wasn't what it was cracked up to be. Whatever he meant, I'm not sure. Maybe he meant that there's other nasty stuff in there.

So I'm back to Applegate Farms which is consistently good.
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Old 03-09-2019, 07:18 PM
 
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Oh yes - in fact, processed meat is probably the worst thing you can eat. It's been declared a class one carcinogen by the World Health Organization - in good company, along with smoking, asbestos, and plutonium.

Red meat isn't far behind, being a class two carcinogen.
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