The North American Meat Institute (NAMI), Washington, D.C., launched a new resource developed to assist consumers and health professionals seeking products fitting particular nutrition profiles such as “low fat,” “reduced sodium” or “American Heart Association Certified.” 

With tens of thousands of products available, the number of prepared meat product choices with categories such as bacon, hot dogs and deli meats is seemingly endless. NAMI’s new Product Center catalogues more than 1,500 products in 12 prepared meat categories that are lower in sodium or fat, American Heart Association Certified, natural or organic. Product categories include bacon, bologna, corned beef, ham, hot dogs, jerky/snack sticks, pastrami, roast beef, salami, sausage and sliced turkey.

“There’s no question that American consumers are enthusiastic about the great taste of prepared meats, but may not understand the excellent nutrition in these convenient products,” says Barry Carpenter, president and CEO. “Companies offer a wide array of choices, and we are eager to help share these many options with our meat-loving consumers, so they can make items like deli meats, bacon and hot dogs healthy parts of their balanced diet.”

A majority of products also include a link to the brand’s website, where users can find additional details such as full nutrition profiles and where to buy products. In addition, each category page features general nutrition information and links to more resources about each particular product.