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Post: #1 Bacon without Nitrates , 12-12-2008 03:40 PM


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Hi Everyone, I am new to posting but I really need some help. I just started doing Atkins and I am confused about eating Bacon without Nitrates. I have searched and all bacon I see has sodium nitrite. I take it this is the same thing. I hope this is not a stupid question, but I am really confused about this. Can anyone give me some info on this? I would really appreciate all your help.
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Post: #2 RE: Bacon without Nitrates , 12-12-2008 05:13 PM


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Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite are not the same thing (NaNO3 vs. NaNO2), but are both used as preservatives, among other things.

You might want to read:
Does banning hot dogs and bacon make sense?

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Post: #3 RE: Bacon without Nitrates , 12-13-2008 06:04 AM


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You can probably find nitrate-free bacon at a nearby health food store. Some markets are beginning to carry such products as well.

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Post: #4 RE: Bacon without Nitrates , 12-16-2008 01:56 PM


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I've found "Natural" bacon (different brands) without nitrates or nitrites at my grocery store. Look for the word "natural" on the package and check the label.

There seems to be some debate about nitrates & nitrites. Some say they form nitrosamines when cooked, which are potential carcinogens. Others say that they raise the nitric oxide in your blood, which is protective against heart disease. Who knows??? I've stopped worring about it.

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Post: #5 RE: Bacon without Nitrates , 12-16-2008 03:10 PM


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Post: #6 RE: Bacon without Nitrates , 12-16-2008 08:05 PM


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I *think* nitrates are water soluble, so soaking regular bacon may lessen their presence - and also gets rid of some sodium if that's an issue for you.

I'm with everyone else though - I forge ahead, because everything causes something! Raw meat = ecoli, well done meat = cancer! Can't win for losin'!

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