What Is Luncheon Meat Made From?

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Luncheon meat is processed meat, including some molded into a loaf and cut into slices to be used for salads or sandwiches. These meats can be bought in grocery stores, supermarkets and delicatessans.

Some examples of luncheon meat are bologna, ham, turkey, olive loaf, chicken, roast beef, pastrami, salami and corned beef. Such luncheon meats are also referred to as cold cuts, sliced meats, deli meats, sandwich meats, cooked meats and lunchmeat. The meat is sometimes cured or precooked and can come in the form of meat loaves or sausages. Presliced lunchmeat are usually always higher in sodium, fat and nitrates as sliced meats often require many preservatives.