Packing A Health School Lunch: Cool Facts About Cold Cuts

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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.