New Infographic Details the Nutrition, Safety and Value of Processed Meats

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Meat Institute Notes Greater Processed Meat Consumption in Mediterranean Diet

Processed Meats: Healthy Protein for a Balanced Diet

“Meat and poultry products are nutrient dense foods that satisfy hunger and help control weight. Processing meat and poultry so that it can be more readily consumed helps ensure that people can make these products part of their healthy balanced diet.”

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today released a new infographic detailing the nutrition, safety and value of processed meat and poultry products.

According to NAMI, data reviewed by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee showed that followers of the Mediterranean diet – the diet hailed by so many for its good nutrition and health outcomes – consume twice as many processed meats as included in U.S. Department of Agriculture food patterns.

“Mediterranean diet followers’ processed and cured meat consumption shouldn’t surprise us when you consider Spanish serrano ham, Italian prosciutto, French charcuterie, Greek loukaniko and the many other cured and processed meats that are staples of their diet,” said NAMI President and CEO Barry Carpenter. “Meat and poultry products are nutrient dense foods that satisfy hunger and help control weight. Processing meat and poultry so that it can be more readily consumed – and consumed in styles and flavor profiles that people around the world savor – helps ensure that people can make these products part of their healthy balanced diet.”

The new infographic also details the many choices available within the processed meat category.

“Unfortunately, the processed meat category is often treated as if these products are all alike,” Carpenter added. “In reality, the category is diverse and includes low-fat, low- sodium, gluten-free, natural, organic, kosher, halal and regular formulations, along with countless flavors and styles.”

To access the infographic, click here.

ABOUT NAMI
The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. Formed from the 2015 merger of the American Meat Institute (AMI) and North American Meat Association (NAMA), the Institute has a rich, century-long history and provides essential member services including legislative, regulatory, scientific, international and public affairs representation. NAMI’s mission is to shape a public policy environment in which the meat and poultry industry can produce wholesome products safely, efficiently and profitably. Together, the Institute’s members produce the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb and poultry and the equipment, ingredients and services needed for the highest quality products.

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