The Best and Worst Lunch Choices

Pack a healthy lunch, and save a little cash: Ditch these food-industry Frankenfoods.

By Jean Nick


Lunch Meat

Processed lunch meats tend to be high in sodium, nitrates, fats, and fat-soluble pesticides.

Better: Spend a little time over the weekend roasting a chicken or a roast that you can slice thin or mince and turn into a spread. Or, for a fast, no-cook alternative, buy canned fish. Salmon is a great low-mercury swap for tuna, and sardines pack a mighty omega-3 punch.