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Supermarket Staple #23: Fresh Sliced Meats (No Nitrates or No Nitrates Added) – Turkey, Ham, Chicken, Roast Beef

Why It's a Must Have: Keeping sliced meat in the deli drawer is an excellent way to curb hunger quickly, says Batayneh. Use sliced meats to make veggie packed sandwiches, turkey roll ups or to add to salads. Why is it so important to buy fresh and nitrate free meats? “Prepackaged deli meats are higher in fat, sodium, preservatives, and excess sodium and fat which can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol; and preservatives [found in these meats] such as benzoates, bromates, and glutamates, have been associated with long-term brain damage, headaches, diarrhea -- some are even known carcinogens.”

Budget Bonus: “Many grocery stores will slice meat at the beginning of the day, package the meat themselves, and sell them with other brand-name packaged meats,” says Batayneh. “And because of their grab-and-go convenience, their prices are often marked up significantly. To save money, get your meat sliced right in front of you – this also allows you to control the thickness of your slices.”

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