Jake: Hey I’m Jake of Body by Jake and here’s your nutrition tip of the day. I’m here with Dr. P – you see him sitting right next to me. As always he’s got some great answers and here’s a cool question. This is from Morgan and she asked the question, “Is deli meat bad for me?“.
Dr. P: Well I mean what deli are you at Morgan? Many deli meats are cured meats, so they’ve got a combination of sugar and a high sodium content. Some deli meats aren’t cured. You can get fresh turkey breast sliced at your deli, uncured. Great meat!
But some other meats, like the salamis and the pastrami’s and the prosciutto’s, they’ve been cured. Tastes great but high sodium content, so risk of water retention and elevation and blood pressure.
They have high sugar content as well, so cured meats, not so great. A pretty inflammatory food. Something you really want to stay away from. I would say if you’re a deli meat guy, use it for your one date night meal a week. Everybody should have one cheat meal a week. Have your deli meat, your pizza, whatever it might be – that favorite food on your date night meal and then get back to your food program for the rest of your week.
Jake: Sustainable food programming – I love it as always. That’s deli meat once a week.