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Nitrate/Nitrite-Free Products (Brands)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 03, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I'm having such a hard time finding nitrate/-ite free foods. Okay, so really it's bacon (as I don't consume much of anything else w/nitrates/ites - that I'm aware of). BUT... I live in the midwest, US, not near any of the cooler groceries (ie, Whole Foods, et al) & am struggling to find these.

So, I was wondering what brands of N-free meats do you consume? Is this really a big issue (I don't consume a lotta Vit C - should I?)?

Recommendations/advice - as always - is welcomed.

Thanks!

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:51 PM

The difference btwn the "ate" & "ite" is really the difference in number of Oxygens. Nitrate is NO3, Nitrite is NO2. HTH

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

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on January 04, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Sort of... Then again, vegetables contain more nitrates today, due to fertilizers, than they ever used to... Organic vegetable generally contain lower levels though.

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on January 04, 2012
at 11:14 AM

THis is really interesting - so is the nitrate/nitrite paranoia another part of CW we need to rethink? I thought they were carcinogenic? What's the diff between a nitrate and a nitrite (I never did like chemistry)? Maybe I should ask this as a question instead of in a comment?

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on January 03, 2012
at 06:37 PM

impossible to find in Switzerland. If anyone knows of a source, I'd be so happy to be able to eat nitrite free bacon or sandwich meat (turkey, ham) here...

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on January 03, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I usually buy Applegate Farms. They have it in Chicago at least. Maybe ask your local grocer? A lot of non whole foods places carry AG now.

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on January 03, 2012
at 07:51 PM

I would not worry too much about nitrates in bacon. You will find more nitrates in vegetables. I would worry more about the quality of the bacon as most stuff from the grocery store are from non-ecologically raised pork. I buy my bacon from 100% naturally raised pigs and it still contains nitrates because that's part of the process. But its all local and tastes so much better than the store bought stuff.

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Many of these products add celery or beet extract, both of which are rich in nitrates... In fact, vegetables, especially celery, beets, and leafy greens, have more nitrates than preserved meats.

164ed7cd8d84c926bc66f366619bf853

(495)

on January 04, 2012
at 11:51 PM

The difference btwn the "ate" & "ite" is really the difference in number of Oxygens. Nitrate is NO3, Nitrite is NO2. HTH

4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on January 04, 2012
at 03:25 PM

Sort of... Then again, vegetables contain more nitrates today, due to fertilizers, than they ever used to... Organic vegetable generally contain lower levels though.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 04, 2012
at 11:14 AM

THis is really interesting - so is the nitrate/nitrite paranoia another part of CW we need to rethink? I thought they were carcinogenic? What's the diff between a nitrate and a nitrite (I never did like chemistry)? Maybe I should ask this as a question instead of in a comment?

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:12 PM

I mostly buy Nature's Promise bacon from Giant (it's convenient, it's not very salty & always turns out great). When I can, I get bacon from a local farmer, and I've gotten from US Wellness Meats.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 03, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Hormel Natural bacon is a great choice. Tastes great too!

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