Sandwiches are a delicious treat enjoyed by people everywhere. However, your choice of meat will not only affect your lunch, but it will also affect your health. Retail meat such as prepackaged ham, turkey, chicken, and pastrami does not compare to the quality of food you can purchase from a meat shop.
As Green Forest, Arkansas' go-to meat shop, Harpo's Das Butcher House focuses on providing fresh cuts of high-quality meats to residents throughout the Ozarks. Below, the professionals at Harpo's Das Butcher House share a few reasons why deli meat is a better option to prepackaged retail meat:
- Preservatives: One of the benefits of getting your meats from a deli is the absence of additives, preservatives, and chemicals in the food. Preservatives — substances added to food to prevent quick spoilage — are commonly found in prepackaged meat. Prepackaged deli meats like bologna and hot dogs also contain high amounts of sodium nitrate — a carcinogenic substance used to preserve color. Though it may seem as though prepackaged retail meat will last longer than deli meat, the truth is the former option is highly unhealthy.
- Sodium & Fat: Aside from preservatives, prepackaged meats are typically loaded with sodium and have a high-fat content. Too much fat and sodium can wreak havoc on your health, including heart disease and high blood pressure.
- Unknown Ingredients: Processed, prepackaged meat like salami, hot dogs, and pepperoni sometimes contain hidden ingredients in addition to added preservatives. Even some retail meats classified as having "natural ingredients" may have preservatives disguised as a different name. With food from a quality meat shop, however, customers know exactly what they are getting — fresh cuts of beef, pork, poultry, and other specialty meats and cheeses with no hidden ingredients.
As a consumer, you deserve the best foods available, and you can find them at Harpo's Das Butcher House, where you can sample some of the best meats throughout Carroll County, northwest Arkansas, and southwest Missouri. Their helpful and experienced team can also help process livestock in their safe and sanitary facility. Call today at (870) 438-6594 for more details, or visit their website for more information about their available services and products.