Most deli-style meats fall into the cold-cut category, including bologna, turkey, ham, salami, pastrami, corned beef and roast beef. Some of these are traditionally high in fat. But as with other high-fat foods, manufacturers have found ways to offer lower-fat versions.
These tips will help you shop for healthful cold cuts:
Choose products that are low in sodium and get no more than 30 percent of their calories from fat. Turkey and chicken products usually are lowest in fat.
Turkey pastrami and turkey salami are more healthful choices than beef and pork varieties -- and they have similar flavor.
Sliced meat has less fat than chopped, pressed or loaf-type cold cuts.
Single servings of cold cuts vary from one to six slices. The nutritional information may seem good until you learn that one serving is one thin slice.
Always check the fat content. A "light" or "lean" product can be relatively high in fat, as can a single serving that's low in calories.
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