So I finally find a deli meat I can stomach since I have to have sandwiches for school lunches sometimes but can't stand the taste of preservatives, but what do I see when I look at the ingredients? No not just turkey and thats it, it has CORN SYRUP in it, really now?
Do all deli meats have gross additives in them? Does anyone know of healthier alternative besides cooking myself a whole turkey?! The one I bought isn't pre-packaged I got it cut at the counter, don't know if that really makes a difference?
Ever seen Food Inc? <_<
I'm not brave enough to watch :S
Basically if your eating a processed food your probably eating some form of corn.
I thought only some deli meats were processed like bologna or mock chicken. I thought turkey was just an actual turkey, how stupid of me! I'm really sad because now I won't know what to put in my sandwiches turkey is the only thing I can stand.
The turkey was probably brined which adds carbs to it's nutritional profile and the turkey breast you selected could have been processed as opposed to just turkey breast....anyway, a little corn syrup in an otherwise healthy diet is meaningless.
peanut butter and banana!
Yeah Food, Inc was an eye opener! Who knew that corn was in sooo many products. I found a really good deli chicken and the brand is Legend. I asked to see the nutritional analysis. No sugar, nitrates, atificial flavors, colorings, and no long list of stuff I couldn't pronounce or identify. And tastes pretty good.
This gives me an excellent opportunity to vent my latest corn-related frustration. I love pickled garlic, but it is for some unfathomable reason extremely difficult to find. Therefore I was super excited when I spotted it at the local grocery store the other night. I bought it without a second thought--pickled garlic is pickled garlic, right? Nope, this one has high fructose corn syrup in it.
Why the **** would HFCS be in pickled garlic? Who wants their pickled garlic to be sweet?! Not to mention the fact that the stuff is certainly pricey enough to account for the extra expense of actual cane sugar, if indeed fructose were absolutely necessary (which it's not). Absolutely ridiculous.
Yeah I understand buying food is so frustrating, I really don't understand why there is HFCS in everything. There is still so much I need to learn to eat healthier!
Corn syrup is just sugar, it's not that bad (in low amounts) and in the case of turkey won't affect that much the calories. Besides being used as preservative, it also gives taste. There's usually some type of sugar glaze in turkey, honey, maple syrup, etc. I'm much more concerned with the amount of fat and sodium in processed meats. You can also use low fat cheese, tuna, omelet, grilled chicken, with a variety of greens, tomato, roasted red pepper, roasted vegetables, hummus and other home made vegetable pastes, etc to make sandwiches. Options are endless if you don't want to use deli meats.
I'm with healthmd. The corn syrup doesn't really bug me that much.. Of course I prefer the taste and benefits of fresh roasted turkey, but I really appreciate convenience too. :D
Yes, there is a turkey lunch meat that does not contain corn or additives. The brand is Healthy Choice it comes in a plastic tub w/ a green lid instead of hanging on the hook. It doesn't cost much more than regular turkey.
As someone who cannot eat corn, it is terribly frustrating that HFCS is EVERYWHERE!