Post by BBQ Butcher on Mar 18, 2018 6:39:09 GMT -5
There's nothing quite as satisfying as chowing down on a classic sub sandwich — or hoagie, or grinder, or hero...or whatever you call it where you live.
But is your go-to sub stuffed with questionable ingredients? Karen Ansel, R.D.N., of Long Island, New York, explains all the confusing labels that come with your deli meat. (Hint: If you've been feeling bloated lately, you might want to avoid anything with sodium phosphate on it.)
All-Natural: This meaningless term can be slapped on just about anything.
Hormone-Free: Hormones aren't approved in the U.S. for pork or poultry, so this is relevant only for beef.
Organic: Raised without hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals, it's a win-win.
Dextrose Sugar: Check that your brand isn't sneaking in extra grams.
Sodium Phosphate: Used to help the slices retain water so they won't dry out, this additive can cause bloating. Skip.
Uncured: This means it has no artificial nitrites (compounds that have been linked to cancer), but it may still have natural ones from salt.
Bottom Line: Look for labels without additives, and order cut-to-order slices when you can.
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy on newsstands now!