May 2010 Issue
Nitrates and Nitrites Found in Cured Meats: Naturally Debatable
Nitrates and nitrites in meats are still a topic of hot debate. Nitrate, made up of nitrogen and oxygen, occurs naturally in the diet. More than 70 percent of the nitrates we consume are from vegetables which draw nitrates from the soil. Nitrates we ingest also come from nitrogen-contaminated drinking water (21 percent) and meat products (six percent.)
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