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Old 10-17-2011, 09:44 AM   #1
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Processed meat

Just a quick question here. I know that hot dogs and such are processed, but what about chicken sausage links that I can buy from my local market? or schnucks sometimes has them in the meat department? Thanks
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:11 AM   #2
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Re: Processed meat

Read labels. The big potential problem with any kind of sausage is the preservatives and fillers that might be in there.

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Old 10-17-2011, 10:41 AM   #3
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Re: Processed meat

Thanks katherine, do you know of a site that has a list of what the preservatives and fillers are?
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:01 AM   #4
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Thanks katherine, do you know of a site that has a list of what the preservatives and fillers are?
No, but basically any ingredient that you don't recognize is suspect.

BallPark Franks, for instance, contain:
MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY, PORK, WATER, CORN SYRUP, BEEF, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, POTASSIUM LACTATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, FLAVORINGS, BEEF STOCK, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM NITRITE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA.

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Old 10-17-2011, 11:04 AM   #5
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Re: Processed meat

Ok I see now. thanks alot!
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:48 AM   #6
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Re: Processed meat

Find a local butcher/meat locker and they'll have a big selection of sausages. The ones near me have similar prices to the supermarket but a much wider selection and higher quality. You can also custom order anything you want.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #7
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Re: Processed meat

I sometimes buy the chicken sausages from Trader Joe's (Apple one is the best) to eat for breakfast in the morning, but sausage is processed a good bit whether the ingredients are clean or not. This processing and grinding of the meat has shown to compromise the stability of the protein similar to what a juicer would do to fresh whole fruit. Same way an orange is better than orange juice, chicken/beef is better than a chicken/beef sausage.
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Old 10-17-2011, 09:27 PM   #8
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No, but basically any ingredient that you don't recognize is suspect.

BallPark Franks, for instance, contain:
MECHANICALLY SEPARATED TURKEY, PORK, WATER, CORN SYRUP, BEEF, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, POTASSIUM LACTATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, FLAVORINGS, BEEF STOCK, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM NITRITE, EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA.

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whats wrong with water and salt? or maltodextrin for that matter? or really any of those things.

I love processed foods, their safe, sterile, and easy to eat, packs lots of calories and easy on the wallet, perfect for a snack on the go or post workout meal. They don't bulk up in your stomach so you won't vomit during a WOD. Orange is less energetically dense than ojs, so less useful in maintaining high intensity workouts
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whats wrong with water and salt? or maltodextrin for that matter? or really any of those things.

I love processed foods, their safe, sterile, and easy to eat, packs lots of calories and easy on the wallet, perfect for a snack on the go or post workout meal. They don't bulk up in your stomach so you won't vomit during a WOD. Orange is less energetically dense than ojs, so less useful in maintaining high intensity workouts
Like most things in life, your milage may vary. No one is taking anything away from you. You can eat all the processed foods you want.

However, most of us here on the CrossFit message boards try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. We feel better and perform harder in their absence.
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Old 10-18-2011, 04:51 AM   #10
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Like most things in life, your milage may vary. No one is taking anything away from you. You can eat all the processed foods you want.

However, most of us here on the CrossFit message boards try to avoid processed foods as much as possible. We feel better and perform harder in their absence.

^ x2. Processed meats with all of its preservatives has been associated with health issues and diseases as well. You want to really avoid sodium nitrates, and sodium nitrites!
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