I just watched a great segment on CBC's the Market Place this weekend. It was all about bad labelling on food products. One of the topics brought up was deli meats. We know that an intake of high fat meats like mortadella or prosciutto can contribute to high cholesterol; so many people opt for lower fat deli meats like turkey or ham.
However, there is also a lot of research coming out now that links cured/deli meats with cancers (even the lower fat versions). According to recent studies, consuming just a couple of ounces of deli meat per week can increase your risk of heart disease by 21%!
The exact cause is unknown, but there is a suspicion that nitrites (a preservative
found in deli meats) may be linked. So many people opt for the Maple Leaf Natural's Selects deli meats. Though there is no indication on the package that
the product contains nitrates, it actually turns out there is. Just watch the video below to find out more. All it takes is the right wording and you would never know. Good thing CBC busted them and they are going to change the package!