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Old 07-19-2018, 07:11 AM   #1
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Do Nitrites and Nitrates bother you?

Health risk? Who knows? Hehe, who knows?

Oscar Meyer has stopped using them in some products.

If there's even a controversy about it, where are the conclusive facts? It seems they're aren't any, so far.

I got to thinking about this after having made hot dogs a few days in a row that contained nitrates and nitrites .

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Old 07-19-2018, 07:24 AM   #2
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The amount of pink curing salt vs that amount of meat cured is miniscule. These salts (cure 1 and cure 2) are much healthier/safer than potassium nitrate (saltpeter). I have no issue with it.
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Old 07-19-2018, 07:44 AM   #3
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My body tells me when I've eaten too much deli meats, especially along with other stuff that contains.
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My body tells me when I've eaten too much deli meats, especially along with other stuff that contains.

It's probably the huge amount of salt in deli meats. I noticed that too, which is why I rarely eat deli meat anymore.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:01 AM   #5
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If I eat foods with high salt content I do not get the same reaction. This is a swelling of my sinus' and headaches.
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Old 07-19-2018, 08:27 AM   #6
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If I eat foods with high salt content I do not get the same reaction. This is a swelling of my sinus' and headaches.
It could also be the method of curing used.
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If you are going to live on sausages, ham, tinned cornbeef and other preserved foods, it will probably be bad for you and some people are (for want of a better word) allergic to it. It's used to give the preserved meats appetising colour as salted meats would turn a rather off-putting greyish colour without it but the amounts used are (or should be) miniscule. "It has no value whatsoever as a preservative and should be used in tiny quantities as it will harden the meat, a tendency which is counteracted by the addition of sugar to the brine" (Jane Grigson "Charcuterie & French Pork Cooking").


Everything in moderation.


After all drinking vast amounts of water can kill you, too.
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I don't have any issues with cured or deli meats.
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this popped up yesterday:



"Can jerky affect mental illness? Study suggests it can
The study found that people hospitalized for mania were more likely to say they had eaten jerky or meat sticks. "

"....But they ran some other experiments suggesting that the nitrates in processed meats might affect someone’s mental state."

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/healt...it-can-n892541
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this popped up yesterday:



"Can jerky affect mental illness? Study suggests it can
The study found that people hospitalized for mania were more likely to say they had eaten jerky or meat sticks. "

"....But they ran some other experiments suggesting that the nitrates in processed meats might affect someone’s mental state."

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/healt...it-can-n892541

I find stories like this dangerous. It offers no scientific evidence of a clear connection but "suggests" that there "may be" a connection, etc.

Stories like this cause people to make inappropriate decisions regarding what they do.
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