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Processed Meats: What They Are And Why You Should Avoid Them

7 days ago   |   By Food and Health

We hear a lot about consuming fewer processed foods as a key strategy to improve health. The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages choosing unprocessed meats instead of processed meats.
But just what are processed meats and why should we avoid them?
What are Processed Meats?
According to the Meat Institute, meat processing started centuries ago. Salting and smoking preserved meats and kept them safe to eat for longer periods of time in the days before people had refrigerators or freezers. While those practices made it possible to preserve meat for later use, today processed...
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Alternatives to Processed Meats

7 days ago   |   By Food and Health

How Much Processed Meat Can I Safely Eat?
The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines suggests replacing processed meats with fresh seafood or poultry to decrease saturated fat and sodium. Even better, choose dried beans or peas such as lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, or pinto beans instead of processed meat for increased sources of fiber in addition to lower sodium and no saturated fat. The current consensus is to limit processed meat to no more than 1-2 times per month, and of course less often is healthier.
Our Tips:
Choose least-processed meats as often as possible. For example, instead of...
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