NITRATES ARE PRESENT IN SPINACH AND OTHER NATURAL FOODS. ALSO, "NITRATE-FREE" BACON OFTEN STILL CONTAINS NITRATES IN A NATURAL FORM (CELERY JUICE, FOR EXAMPLE). I WOULDN'T STRESS OUT ABOUT IT BECAUSE BACON PROBABLY SHOULDN'T BE A MAJOR COMPONENT OF YOUR DAILY DIET ANYWAY (SUBOPTIMAL FATTY ACID PROFILE, PROCESSED, ETC.)
"What about those nitrosamines? When meat containing nitrites is heated (particularly at high temperatures), the result is nitrosamines, compounds that have been linked with health issues such as gastric cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Additionally, this week the Archives of Internal Medicine published the results of a study that assessed the connection between types of meat consumption with mortality rate. Although the study leaves open many other avenues for explanation (more processed meat intake trends with lower produce consumption), the research offers one more suggestion against regular intake of conventional processed meat. (Check back tomorrow for a full critique of the latest red meat scare.)"
"Although vegetables constitute a fair amount our nitrite intake (after conversion), vegetables contain antioxidants that reduce the formation of nitrosamines, the real risk of nitrites."
Processed meats including bacon should not be a staple of ANYONE's diet. Like Sisson mentions, processed meats don't come with antioxidants, which may protect us from the negative effects of nitrosamines. We should emphasize eating whole foods, including unadulterated meat sources. If eating paleo is to obtain optimal health by removing anti-nutrients, chemicals and food additives, bacon with nitrates definitely does not belong to the paleo diet.
Eat whole foods. The fact that nitrates occur naturally in vegetables does not make the added nitrates in bacon healthy. It's like all the processed food products that are made with "natural" ingredients. Well, all the derivatives of soy and corn are technically natural, but it does not mean the foods containing them are healthy.
We should do a study on the effects of stress from worrying about said nitrates. ;)
I'd just eat the damned bacon and continue avoiding grain products like the plague. You're better off than most of humanity that way.
The problem with nitrates in bacon isn't the nitrate itself, but the carcinogenic nitrosamines that are created when nitrate and amino acids are heated together, i.e., when the bacon is cooked.
Don't worry about nitrates in your bacon. It should be a staple of your diet it you eat paleo. It gives a great amount of fat so that you can have energy throughout the day. I would just buy the most natural bacon you can find. Along with the other answer, nitrates do occur naturally so you shouldn't worry about them. There are higher concentrations of nitrates found in most coniferous/green plants and veggies that you're eating on a daily basis. Don't sweat it too much. If you work out I suggest three or four slices with four of five eggs for breakfast, it's the perfect meal before your workout or sport!
Ah yes the super salts super good at preserving but are they super at health and well being.
The data is inconclusive and weak carcinogenicity may very well be an overstatement.
This is where antioxidants come in to play along with moderation.Be wise be well and bring on the bacon.
So the answer is maybe,perhaps and life is to short so BLT with fresh tomatoes out of the garden.
Go meat or go weak tis your choice.
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