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A recent scientific study was published that stated nitrates could be the trigger for Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. We all know that some bacon contains nitrates, in fact most processed foods do. It’s also a known fact that nitrates are not good for you, but now we know the potential consequences are terrifying.

You would think this fact would turn people away from bacon, but this is not the case. There was recently a heated debate on Chow.com about nitrates in bacon. Some thought nitrates made the bacon taste better; others enjoyed the more traditional salt curing method. The fact of the matter is, no one was talking about never eating bacon again. Everyone already knows bacon is bad for your heath. Bacon Lovers made the decision a long time ago to look past that and just enjoy bacon in moderation.

The only thing this study is going to effect is the sales of nitrite-free bacon. The Bacon Lovers that fear the possibility of disease will sacrifice a little taste for the uncured or nitrate-free bacon. I personally like some of the uncured bacon over the cured; it just depends on the brand.

Will this study stop me from enjoying bacon that contains nitrites? No!

If I stopped eating or drinking everything a study said was bad for my health, I would have starved to death a long time ago.

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2 Responses to Nitrates (not Bacon) May Trigger Diseases

  1. porkgrl says:

    Nitrates/bacon have received lots of bad press. We need to continue any research that would effect our health long term but it is important to remember that nitrates are found in many foods… A study done by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry actually found that vegetables account for 70% of the nitrates in a typical human diet with the remainder of the nitrates coming from drinking water (21%) and then lastly from meat and meat products (6%). To learn more about nitrates and this study follow this link http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/csem/nitrate/nitrate.html

  2. Jason Mosley says:

    Porkgrl,

    You make a really good point! Thanks for your comment and link.

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