I eat a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread just about everyday. My question is. Is turkey lunch meat processed food and should I not be eating it. I run everymorning and watch what I eat all day. having trouble loosing fat around middle. could it be the turkey lunch meat? thanks
I am not an expert, but I doubt that your turkey lunch meat is causing you to not be able to lose weight around the middle. A good ole turkey sandwich is quite a healthy lunch (though I do check the sodium content on those lunch meats). What are the rest of your meals/snacks during your days?
Thanks for the response. For breakfast i'll eat maybe a yogurt or 2 scrambled or overlight eggs., rice cakes on occasion. Has to be something sorta portable because I usually eat it at work around 8:30. By the way I run in the morning around 5 a.m. For lunch of course my Turkey sandwich, and thats about it. Then in the afternoon i'll have some dry roasted peanuts, celery, carrots, broccoli,basically whatever raw veggies my wife buys that week, then i'll have an apple. Then when I get home i'll eat whatever my wife made for dinner, I do try very hard to watch my portions and usually skip desert. I try very hard not to snack in the evening but I do break down once in awhile but when I do I try to make it some triscuts or pretzels and not many at that. I am 5'5" and right now I weigh 140lbs. I also work out at home about 4 days a week so I am pretty muscular I just can not get rid of this fat gut what is up? I guess I should mention that over the past 2 years I have lost around 23 lbs. so believe me I look good compared to where I started but I am frustrated that I can't get rid of the rest of this layer of fat. any suggestions. Thanks
I eat a turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread just about everyday. My question is. Is turkey lunch meat processed food and should I not be eating it. I run every morning and watch what I eat all day. having trouble loosing fat around middle. could it be the turkey lunch meat? thanks
The short answer is "yes". Most likely, your turkey lunch meat is a processed food and you shouldn't be eating it if you value your health. Almost any food that is potentially good for health can be ruined by processing and made to be unhealthful. There's a big difference between "whole turkey" and turkey that's been ground and formed. If it's been ground and formed, it could have almost anything in it, like you would expect with hot dogs (salt, high fructose corn sweetener, an excessive amount of fat, preservatives etc.). And if the turkey was grain fed, which is most likely the case, it no doubt is high in omega 6, which is known to cause inflamation.
Most likely the problem is not with any one food item alone. Look at the ingredients of your bread. Does it contain high fructose corn sweetener? And what else? Do you add some kind of dressing in your sandwich? Does the dressing contain sodium and sweeteners?
Last edited by JohnR41; 11-01-2008 at 09:46 AM.
Reason: Added a few words to make certain points clearer.
Conventional deli meat has nitrates and nitrates are a cancer causing agent(consuming it increases your risk, doesn't mean you'll definitely get it so don't get me wrong). If you eat it often, go organic you won't regret it.
If your worried about sodium, exercise, drink lots of water and eat foods high in potassium...potassium and sodium work hand in hand somehow. I know this isn't what you want to hear but nitrates are horrible for the body.