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New Study Examines Lunch Meat Consumption and Diet Quality

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

A recent abstract published in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology assesses the effects of lunch meat consumption on nutrient intake and diet quality in children and adults based on data collected from a large, nationally representative sample. The study found that, while lunch meat consumers had significantly higher intakes of calories and energy-adjusted daily intakes of protein, saturated fatty acids, calcium, potassium and sodium compared to non-consumers, there was no difference in dietary quality between lunch meat consumers and non-consumers. The authors conclude that lunch meat can be incorporated into healthy dietary patterns, given that it does not adversely affect the overall quality of the diet. The North American Meat Institute supported the study.

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