Eating Deli Meat Is Killing You and Your Heart: A Brief History
In the beginning there was bacon. Bacon was good, but it wasn’t great.
Then came ham, then luncheon meat, then hot dogs…and now?
Well, let’s just say it all started with a little bit of everything.
And since when did eating deli meat become synonymous with heart disease?
The truth is, no one really knows why or how eating deli meat causes heart disease. However, some researchers believe that the high levels of sodium found in these foods may contribute to a variety of health problems including heart disease. Some studies have even shown that people who eat more processed meats tend to live longer than those who don’t. So if you’re like me and love your bacon so much, I guess it makes sense that it would make you healthier too!
But what about the other side of things? What about the people who swear by their grilled cheese sandwiches?
They say they keep them slim and healthy too. I suppose it depends on which type of grilled cheese sandwich you prefer. If you want something light and fluffy, go ahead and skip out on the butter (or margarine) and opt for a plain old slice of white bread instead. That way you’ll still get plenty of calories from each bite!
On the other hand, if you’re like me and prefer something a little heartier, I would suggest going with the whole grain bread. That way you’ll keep your sodium levels low, and your daily value percentage will remain normal. However, just remember that sandwiches are meant to be EATEN – not OVEREATED! If you find yourself chewing and chewing and still not swallowing, maybe it’s time to take a break.
But I digress.
Where was I?
Oh yes, hot dogs! Yes, the hot dog, that wonderful tube steak filled with mystery meat and God knows what else.
I mean, why the hell would anyone put sheep rectum in their food?
That’s disgusting! In any case, it’s best to stay away from those types of sausages as they could lead to high blood pressure and a higher chance of getting colon cancer.
Instead, why not try some nice chicken and pork sausages instead?
You’ll still get that wonderful grilled flavor without all the health risks.
And of course we can’t forget deli meats. If you’re like me and you prefer your food well done, then I suggest going with the turkey or chicken deli meats.
Because they still contain less fat than the other types of meats! So go ahead and pile on that mayo – just don’t overdo it. Also, stay away from the pre-sliced stuff. They usually put a lot of sugar in it to preserve it, which will only lead to a rapid rise in your blood glucose levels!
So there you have it folks. Now you can eat all the deli meats your little heart desires and still stay healthy. Just remember to exercise and keep your stress to a minimum!
After all, you wouldn’t want a heart attack on top of everything else now would you?
Yes, the hot dog, that wonderful cylinder of meat that is enjoyed worldwide in so many applications, from being a stand alone meal to becoming an ingredient in countless dishes. Although there are numerous types and variations of meat out there to make these delectable eats, none come close to the most popular: pork.
Well, actually it’s usually a mixture of pork and beef, but why bother with the latter when you can have the best?
In fact, I’d insist on making your hot dogs all pork.
Because this gives them that much more flavor, that’s why! Look, if you’re going to go through the process of making these delectable snacks, you might as well make them as tasty as possible.
Fine, you want my advice on what kind of pork then?
Okay, get the fattiest, meatiest pork you can find. Yes, even that means more than the shoulder or leg. In fact, basically that means you’re looking toward the middle area of the pig. And if you can’t get any of that, then go with the cheeks! Yeah, cut off the cheek meat and grill it up!
What? Why is everyone looking at me like that?
I’m serious here! The key to a great hot dog is all in the meat!
If you’re not using good enough meat, then what’s the point?
Let’s face it, unless you’re some health nut that’s desperately trying to convince themselves that hot dogs are “healthy,” then the appeal of these delicious treats is in how much FAT is in them!
Oh sure, they try to hide it and minimize it with all those other ingredients, but what you need to do is maximize the fat content and get the most out of your pork. Look at Mexican food, everyone knows the beef in those dishes is hardly the main ingredient. It’s the lard! Mhmm, pure melted fat mixed with meat.
And don’t even get me started on the buns! I’m not talking about some boring old regular bun that’s just going to be ruined by all the fat content you’re putting into your mouth anyway.
I mean, is it really asking too much to get a true hot dog bun, one that’s already made for soaking up all that fat?
If you’re too proud to get one of those sorry excuses for a hot dog bun, then at least opt for something with some flavor! I mean there’s rolls out there that are as big as your head! Don’t tell me you can’t bite into one of those without at least a little concern for your dental work.
Look, if you really want to make a quality hot dog, it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to take time and dedication. It’s going to require you to go out of your way to achieve it.
So ask yourself, is it really worth it? Do you love hot dogs enough to make the sacrifices necessary to attain perfection, or will you be one of those who chooses the easy, but ultimately disappointing route?
Oh, and if you’re wondering, I made mine with 100% all beef hot dogs, Martin’s potato rolls, raw white onion, yellow mustard, kosher dill pickle slices, and a classic Chicago Dog sauce.
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