Let me know your thoughts on nitrates and nitrites in the comments below. Also, during the curing process, most of the nitrite forms nitric oxide, which binds to iron and gives hot dogs and bacon their characteristic pink color.
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Your email is safe with me. Watch this video clip to see Steven Colbert explain how the coming bacon shortage will prolong our lives thanks to reduced nitrates in our diets. Afterwards, the amount of nitrite left is only about 10 parts per million.
No reason to buy nitrate-free, uncured bacon. In other words, your spit contains far more nitrites than anything you could ever eat.
In general, the bulk of the science suggests that nitrates and nitrites are not problematic and may even be beneficial to health. Sign up for FREE updates delivered to your inbox.
It may shock you to learn that one serving of arugula, two servings of butter lettuce, and four servings of celery or beets all have more nitrite than hot dogs.
I hate spam too. In fact, the study that originally connected nitrates with cancer risk and caused the scare in the first place has since been discredited after being subjected to a peer review.
The belief that nitrates and nitrates cause serious health problems has been entrenched in popular consciousness and media. Recent evidence suggests that nitrites are beneficial for immune and cardiovascular function; they are being studied as a potential treatment for hypertension, heart attacks, sickle cell and circulatory disorders.
When it comes to food, vegetables are the primary source of nitrites. There have been major reviews of the scientific literature that found no link between nitrates or nitrites and human cancers, or even evidence to suggest that they may be carcinogenic. Even if nitrites were harmful, cured meats are not a significant source, as the USDA only allows parts per million in hot dogs and bacon.
So before you eliminate cured meats from your diet, you might want to address your celery intake.
No reason to strictly avoid cured meats, particularly those from high quality sources though it may make sense to limit consumption of them for other reasons.Beyond just being loaded with “artery-clogging saturated fat” and sodium, bacon has been long considered unhealthy due to the use of nitrates and nitrites in the curing process.
Many conventional doctors, and well-meaning friends and relatives, will say you’re basically asking for a heart attack or cancer by eating the food many Paleo enthusiasts.Download