well, if a guest on the esteemed Dr. Oz show said it.... :)
edit: well, i actually think this is a fine question. i love cured meats, and i've been wondering about the real dangers/safety of nitrates myself. Though I'll admit I just skimmed the links it seemed like cooking nitrate cured meat was a big part of the issue, no? Most of the cured meats I eat are never cooked , and bacon isn't a huge part of my diet. Should I be worried if the jury's still out? I'd like to think the positive steps I take in my diet will be protective enough to offset a bit of bacon.