Trader Joe's upgrades it's NO Nitrate turkey. Nitrates Bad. Turkey Good.

Deli meat is a quick and flexible source of protein.  Between your favorite slices of bread, rolled around hummus, or our favorite, spread with Trader Joe's cilantro chive yogurt dip.  The challenge is finding deli meat that is nitrate free and still tastes good.   

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Deli meat revisited (the case against nitrates continues)

Now that Thanksgiving is long gone and fresh carved turkey leftovers a distant memory, our staff is back to eating deli meat (until the next big holiday gathering that is!).

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And ever since our posting on the dangers of nitrates in preserved deli meat, we?ve had an ongoing ?exchange? about which nitrate-free deli meat tastes best.

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What is in your deli meat?

Deli meat is an inexpensive, convenient, and calorie efficient source of protein. Ham, turkey, roast beef, or whatever your preferred flavor, it?s yummy between two slices of bread, stuffed in a pita, chopped over a salad, or my personal favorite, wrapped around a pickle. No matter the mode of transportation to your mouth, a few slices offer a quick protein hit.

A 4 oz portion of turkey (about 4-5 slices) offers 24 grams protein for its 120 calories?pure protein! The downside is the nearly 30% RDA of sodium!!

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