Over the years, food manufacturers have done a wonderful job at nutritionally degrading many go-to bodybuilding staples all in the name of profit and satisfying our need for all things salty, sweet and satisfying. So that you stay ahead of the game and don’t fall prey to those sneaky, unscrupulous food demons, we’ve assembled 10 beloved power foods and shown you how to take them from physique killers to physique builders.
Physique Builders: Deck out a sandwich with the right lean deli meat and you’ll help your body stockpile heaps of protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc. “Iron is needed for the synthesis of muscle protein whereas zinc helps regenerate their cells,” Gidus points out.
Physique Killers: Many packaged cured meats contain nitrite preservatives. Nitrites cause oxidative stress in the body, which is why processed meats have been linked to prostate cancer. Add on top of that too much saturated fat and more sodium than the Dead Sea, and all of a sudden your sandwich isn’t so body affable.
Smart Play: Concentrate on meat slices with a high protein-to-fat ratio such as sliced chicken breast, turkey breast and roast beef. (Noticed we left out bologna.) Gidus recommends scanning the nutrition label for natural brands that do away with nitrites and a good chunk of the salt lick.
May we suggest: Applegate Farms Herb Turkey (www.applegatefarms.com); 4 ounces: 100 calories, 22g protein, 0g carbohydrate, 1g fat (0g saturated)