Magazine article Pointe

Build a Better Sandwich

Magazine article Pointe

Build a Better Sandwich

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Deli meat has been getting a bad rap lately-becausaiLs.processed. it's not the wealthiest choice, and there are even concerns that it elevates cancer risk if it's eaten regularly. But how harmful is a ham sandwich? We asked Marie Scioscia. registered dietitian and author of Eat Right Dance Right, for the scoop on sandwiches.

The pros: "Deli meats provide a quick source of protein." says Scioscia. Not only is protein important for muscle repair, but, she adds, it's necessary for hormone production, immune system functioning and red and white blood cell production.

The cons: When meats are processed into deli meats, preservatives, such as sodium nitrite or nitrate, are generally added. "It is these preservatives that research shows can turn into cancer-causing compounds in the body." she says. "For that reason, having deli meats every day is probably not a good idea." Scioscia also notes that lunch meats' high sodium content can be troublesome: "Sodium causes calcium excretion, so for bone health, it's not a dancerfriendly choice. …

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