Gum Ball vs. Macadamia Nut
Clearly the gum ball is not the "healthier" choice. Macadamia nuts have about 20 calories per nut, and, believe it or not, a Dubble Bubble Gum Ball also has 20 calories.
Tic Tac vs. Life Saver
Tic Tacs used to advertise that they had only 1.5 calories each, but they're a bit larger now and roughly 1.9 calories each.Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) Chemical Cuisine.
1 Oscar Mayer Honey Ham Slice vs. 1 Slice of Hebrew National Beef Salami vs. 1 Slice of Citterio Sandwich Pepperoni
The Oscar Mayer Honey Ham has 23 calories per (21 g) slice with only 0.4 g saturated fat and 253 mg of sodium. One (28 g) slice of beef salami has 75 calories, 2.5 g of saturated fat and 290 mg of sodium. And one slice of the Citterio sandwich pepperoni has 150 calories and 420 mg of sodium.
The problem with all three of these (and a lot of deli meats) is that they contain sodium nitrite. Nitrites are added to meat to stop it from going bad, stabilize flavor and give it a red color – they "cure" the meat. According to CSPI Chemical Cuisine, "Several studies have linked consumption of cured meat and nitrite by children, pregnant women and adults with various types of cancer. Although those studies have not yet proven that eating nitrite in bacon, sausage and ham causes cancer in humans, pregnant women would be prudent to avoid those products."
If you're looking for deli products that don't contain nitrites, try Applegate Farms.race near you.