It’s literally been years since I regularly shopped in the deli section of a supermarket. The processed meats there are loaded with salt and fat plus other additives most people, not just those of us with heart issues, should avoid.
But if you still get the urge once and awhile, at least avoid the worst of the worst. WebMD recently posted this Best and Worst Choices From the Deli Section.
Among the best– rotisserie chicken, low-sodium turkey breast, roasted vegetables, bean or lentil salad, coleslaw (the kind without mayo), veggie Quiche and sushi with brown rice.
I’d avoid some of those as well because of high salt content. I once had a long conversation with cooks at Mariano’s, an upscale chain here in Chicago which specializes in prepared foods and has large buffets in its stores, and was told all their offerings would be considered high in salt content for someone like me.
Some chains, such as Jewel here in Chicago, offer salt-free rotisserie chickens, so there is that option, although you should still avoid the fatty dark meat, so what’s the point of buying a whole chicken?
Among the worst deli items — old friends of mine like bologna and salami. I particularly miss a tasty Italian salami. I think I had a bologna sandwich every day of my grade school years too. Oh well.