Cold cuts are a staple for quick sandwiches, salads, and snacks. But before you stop at the deli counter or pick up prepackaged deli meats, check out this shopping guide to learn which deli meats are South Beach Diet-friendly and which you should avoid:
Choose lean meats. When shopping for cold cuts, make sure you buy meats that
are low in saturated fat. Also
look for those that are all-natural, lower-sodium, and nitride- and
nitrate-free. Your best bets include:
- Chicken breast, regular, smoked (all-natural, uncured), or peppered
- Turkey breast, regular, smoked (all-natural, uncured), or peppered
- Ham, boiled or smoked (all-natural, uncured)
- Lean roast beef
processed meats with fillers.
Fillers are carbohydrate additives that are used to hold the meat together and
reduce production costs. Check labels for modified food starch, wheat starch,
and/or cornstarch in the ingredient list, and avoid products made with these
fillers unless they appear near the end of the ingredient list. If this is the
case, the amount of starch is minuscule. If a product says it’s gluten free, it
cannot include fillers made from wheat.
- Steer clear of meats with added sugars. Avoid purchasing a product that’s sugar-cured, maple-cured, or honey-baked. If you'd like to add more flavor to your deli meat in a sandwich or salad, try spreading it with a little plain Dijon mustard, mayo, or horseradish, or drizzle on a little low-sugar salad dressing.