Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds commonly used in making cured meat products like bacon and hot dogs. A lot of ink has been spilled discussing the idea that nitrates and nitrites are bad for you, and food manufacturers have introduced all kinds of supposedly “nitrate-free” products to meet the resulting consumer demand.
But what you may not know is that not only are the fears over nitrates completely overblown, but these “nitrate-free” products can actually contain many times more nitrates than conventional products.
Not only that, but a truly nitrate-free hot dog would be much more likely to make you sick than a conventional one.
Nitrates and Preserving Foods
Nitrates are used in curing, which is a broad category of techniques for preserving foods, mainly meat and fish, that involves the use of salt, sugar, or some form of dehydration. In each case, the goal is to make…
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