TLC-Bytes … Toxic food to avoid: Sodium nitrate and nitrate

Sodium nitrate and nitrate are preservatives that are added to canned foods and processed foods in particular processed meat products such as bacon, corned beef, ham, hot dogs, lunch meats, and sausage.

Why do we care?

Sodium nitrate is a salt derived from nitric acid. This compound is a common industrial substance that occurs in fertilizers, plastics and explosives. Sodium nitrate interacts with other substances in your stomach to form nitrosamines. The Linus Pauling Institute’s website indicates that nitrosamines are chemical compounds that may have carcinogenic properties. Most nitrosamines are mutagens, which are substances that can change genetic material, including DNA. Research at the University of Hawaii and Harvard University, suggests that sodium nitrite in food may increase your risk of developing pancreatic cancer and leukemia by 67 and 74 percent, respectively.

What can I do?

Eliminate and avoid any canned and processed foods.

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