When it comes to finding healthy deli sandwiches or prepared meals for lunch and/or dinner in Litchfield and upper Fairfield County, CT, the options are fairly limited, particularly when it comes to quality deli foods. Most of us are probably used to sandwiches made with cold cuts like ham, turkey, and roast beef from the grocery store or traditional delis. As we become more conscious about what we put into our bodies, and what we feed our children, it’s worth looking closer at what actually goes into cold cuts found at the typical deli.

Deli meats have a bad reputation for being unhealthy because they are almost always processed. Processed meats have been modified from their original form. Typical modifications include the addition of potentially harmful chemical preservatives, fat, hormones, dyes, sodium, and fillers. Each of these additives has its own potential negative effects on your body. This is why the meats at Butcher’s Best, such as house-roasted turkey and roast beef for sandwiches and prepared meals, are always fresh and completely natural. We also smoke our own bacon with no nitrates, and our butcher shop and deli meats are free of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Deli Meats

Sodium and Preservatives
Traditional cold cuts add large quantities of sodium. High levels of sodium in your body can lead to water retention. When your body is storing too much water, it puts added pressure on your heart and blood vessels. This can lead to high blood pressure.

Nitrates are one of the most significant potential offenders in processed meat. Nitrates are a preservative that can be found in cured meats like bacon and salami, as well some other cold cuts. Lately research has indicated that nitrate has the potential to be a cancer agent. It’s also thought that nitrates can damage your blood vessels, leading to the hardening and narrowing of arteries. This leads to heart disease. In addition, it may negatively affect the way your body uses sugar, increasing the chance for diabetes.

Two other leading food preservatives are considered potential carcinogens: BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene). Also, smoke flavoring and aspartame have been linked to their own potentially harmful traits.

As our lives become more hectic, we continue to seek out the fastest, most convenient food options. Unfortunately, the health effects are beginning to catch up to us. Luckily flavorful, convenient, and healthy alternatives exist. And Butcher’s Best is proud to provide residents of Newtown and the surrounding area with higher-quality food options.