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WHAT ARE THE RISKS FROM BACON CURED WITH NITRATES

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wHAT ARE THE RISKS FROM BACON CURED WITH NITRATES?

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on May 19, 2012
at 03:05 AM

I JUST LAUGHED SO HARD AT THIS.

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:13 AM

He might be blind.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:34 PM

I think the answers in jest below are as good as if not better than the chickenlittle answers.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:09 PM

good to know as I can't find any other kind of bacon here...

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Bacon with nitrates shouldn't be a staple of anyone's diet...

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I especially enjoy coniferous around the holidays.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I especially enjoy coniferous aroud the holidays.

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on May 18, 2012
at 09:45 PM

yeah this is what I thought. but do the naturally occuring nitrates like Matthius mentions above also turn into nitrosamines in the body?

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on May 18, 2012
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DUDE! THIS ANSWER IS LIKE SCREAMING AT ME. AWESOME.

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on May 18, 2012
at 08:59 PM

Obvi. I was kidding, MATTHIUS.

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at 08:46 PM

cAPS LOCK, PERHAPS?

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dude, why are you yelling?

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on May 18, 2012
at 08:23 PM

NITRATES ARE PRESENT IN SPINACH AND OTHER NATURAL FOODS. ALSO, "NITRATE-FREE" BACON OFTEN STILL CONTAINS NITRATES IN A NATURAL FORM (CELERY JUICE, FOR EXAMPLE). I WOULDN'T STRESS OUT ABOUT IT BECAUSE BACON PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE A MAJOR COMPONENT OF YOUR DAILY DIET ANYWAY (SUBOPTIMAL FATTY ACID PROFILE, PROCESSED, ETC.)

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on May 19, 2012
at 03:05 AM

I JUST LAUGHED SO HARD AT THIS.

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on May 18, 2012
at 09:29 PM

DUDE! THIS ANSWER IS LIKE SCREAMING AT ME. AWESOME.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:05 PM

YOU ARE AT RISK OF EATING MORE BACON WHEN YOU EAT BACON.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:25 PM

We should do a study on the effects of stress from worrying about said nitrates. ;)

I'd just eat the damned bacon and continue avoiding grain products like the plague. You're better off than most of humanity that way.

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:04 PM

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sodium-nitrite-meat/#axzz1vGG04pPe

"What about those nitrosamines? When meat containing nitrites is heated (particularly at high temperatures), the result is nitrosamines, compounds that have been linked with health issues such as gastric cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Additionally, this week the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study that assessed the connection between types of meat consumption with mortality rate. Although the study leaves open many other avenues for explanation (more processed meat intake trends with lower produce consumption), the research offers one more suggestion against regular intake of conventional processed meat. (Check back tomorrow for a full critique of the latest red meat scare.)"

"Although vegetables constitute a fair amount our nitrite intake (after conversion), vegetables contain antioxidants that reduce the formation of nitrosamines, the real risk of nitrites."

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sodium-nitrite-meat/#ixzz1vGGFmn90

Processed meats including bacon should not be a staple of ANYONE's diet. Like Sisson mentions, processed meats don't come with antioxidants, which may protect us from the negative effects of nitrosamines. We should emphasize eating whole foods, including unadulterated meat sources. If eating paleo is to obtain optimal health by removing anti-nutrients, chemicals and food additives, bacon with nitrates definitely does not belong to the paleo diet.

Eat whole foods. The fact that nitrates occur naturally in vegetables does not make the added nitrates in bacon healthy. It's like all the processed food products that are made with "natural" ingredients. Well, all the derivatives of soy and corn are technically natural, but it does not mean the foods containing them are healthy.

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on May 18, 2012
at 09:27 PM

The problem with nitrates in bacon isn't the nitrate itself, but the carcinogenic nitrosamines that are created when nitrate and amino acids are heated together, i.e., when the bacon is cooked.

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on May 18, 2012
at 09:45 PM

yeah this is what I thought. but do the naturally occuring nitrates like Matthius mentions above also turn into nitrosamines in the body?

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on May 18, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Don't worry about nitrates in your bacon. It should be a staple of your diet it you eat paleo. It gives a great amount of fat so that you can have energy throughout the day. I would just buy the most natural bacon you can find. Along with the other answer, nitrates do occur naturally so you shouldn't worry about them. There are higher concentrations of nitrates found in most coniferous/green plants and veggies that you're eating on a daily basis. Don't sweat it too much. If you work out I suggest three or four slices with four of five eggs for breakfast, it's the perfect meal before your workout or sport!

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:28 PM

Bacon with nitrates shouldn't be a staple of anyone's diet...

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I especially enjoy coniferous around the holidays.

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on May 18, 2012
at 11:09 PM

good to know as I can't find any other kind of bacon here...

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on May 18, 2012
at 10:14 PM

I especially enjoy coniferous aroud the holidays.

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on May 18, 2012
at 08:53 PM

Deliciousness!!

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on May 19, 2012
at 12:37 AM

Ah yes the super salts super good at preserving but are they super at health and well being.

The data is inconclusive and weak carcinogenicity may very well be an overstatement.

This is where antioxidants come in to play along with moderation.Be wise be well and bring on the bacon.

So the answer is maybe,perhaps and life is to short so BLT with fresh tomatoes out of the garden.

Go meat or go weak tis your choice.

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