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Posted by: Miki | 2010/01/30

Cold meat

Hi doc

I am runnin out of ideas for my 6 yr olds lunch box she quite likes cooked ham or shaved chicken slices from woolies cold meat section (no added MSG and low fat) with lettuce, cheese and tomato but i always read that processed cold meats incl viennas are cancer causing. Does this imply to the above cold meats too? or only the smoked versions? is it safe to give her these types of cold meats above at least 2 or 3 times a week?

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Dear Miki
Cured meats like ham and Vienna sausages contain chemicals called nitrates (saltpetre), which have been linked to cancer. Highly smoked or charred meat is also regarded as potentially carcinogenic. The safest sandwich fillings would be cooked meats that you have prepared yourself (cooked, cold sliced chicken, beef, lamb or pork), tinned tuna or pilchards, boiled eggs or cooked or canned legumes (e.g. baked beans or canned bean fritters). y lunch boxes' which you can access by clicking on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and check out the articles on child nutrition. Healthy snacks and lunch box items include low-fat, yoghurt, flavoured low-fat milk, fresh and dried fruit, wholewheat or brown bread sandwiches, small portions of nuts, high-bran muffins, cottage cheese and fresh vegetables like carrots, baby tomatoes, and any other veg your child likes.
I hope this helps
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2010/01/31

Dear Miki
Cured meats like ham and Vienna sausages contain chemicals called nitrates (saltpetre), which have been linked to cancer. Highly smoked or charred meat is also regarded as potentially carcinogenic. The safest sandwich fillings would be cooked meats that you have prepared yourself (cooked, cold sliced chicken, beef, lamb or pork), tinned tuna or pilchards, boiled eggs or cooked or canned legumes (e.g. baked beans or canned bean fritters). y lunch boxes' which you can access by clicking on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'DietDoc's articles' and check out the articles on child nutrition. Healthy snacks and lunch box items include low-fat, yoghurt, flavoured low-fat milk, fresh and dried fruit, wholewheat or brown bread sandwiches, small portions of nuts, high-bran muffins, cottage cheese and fresh vegetables like carrots, baby tomatoes, and any other veg your child likes.
I hope this helps
Best regards
DietDoc

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