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The Nitrate and Nitrite Myth: Another reason not to fear bacon

Chris Kresser
Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:07 CDT

Beyond just being loaded with "artery-clogging saturated fat" and sodium, bacon has been long considered unhealthy due to the use of nitrates and nitrites in the curing process. Many conventional doctors, and well-meaning friends and relatives, will say you're basically asking for a heart attack or cancer by eating the food many Paleo enthusiasts lovingly refer to as "meat candy".

The belief that nitrates and nitrates cause serious health problems has been entrenched in popular consciousness and media. Watch this video clip to see Steven Colbert explain how the coming bacon shortage will prolong our lives thanks to reduced nitrates in our diets.

In fact, the study that originally connected nitrates with cancer risk and caused the scare in the first place has since been discredited after being subjected to a peer review. There have been major reviews of the scientific literature that found no link between nitrates or nitrites and human cancers, or even evidence to suggest that they may be carcinogenic. Further, recent research suggests that nitrates and nitrites may not only be harmless, they may be beneficial, especially for immunity and heart health. Confused yet? Let's explore this issue further.

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Molon labe

If you want my bacon, come and get it!

"All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind." - Khalil Gibran
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I love good news.

But here is the very best PRO argument

Be sure to watch. Very short clip. You'll pee your pants laughing:


“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”― Henry David Thoreau


People have antibodies to pork.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Chris Kessler

The article linked here ultimately comes from Chris Kessler's site (I tracked it to chriskessler.com). This person has written and is currently marketing their paleo diet book which makes use of pork products. The information he offers as "evidence" is that there is no *solid* facts incriminating nitrates/nitrites... so cherry picking studies and ignoring other studies can easily present a "lack of evidence" for a case against nitrates/nitrites.

It is commonly held that absence of evidence does not constitute evidence of absence. Maybe Chris Kessler hasn't heard of this rule of thumb which will just happen to net him some extra sales on his nitrate-rich paleo book.

The scene from Pulp Fiction keeps coming to mind: I'm not jewish, I just don't like swine, they're filthy creatures that disregard their own feces.


Someone has to ask Dr. Bob Marshall about this imo.



This science on the dangers of nitrates and nitrite from 1970s



It seems that the nitrate/nitrate industries are battling 40 year old science without facts

I went nitrate/nitrite free last year to remove health negatives and to promote better health.

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Thats bullshit... there are

Thats bullshit... there are plenty of studies that confirm the thesis of this article. Nitrates/ Nitrites are NOT bad for you. Period. This doesnt mean only eat cured bacon, salami, etc. but it certainly does shed some light on fear mongering. Its simply a matter of companies that claim to be "nitrite/ nitrate free" so they can charge more money, more propaganda. Like is stated in the article, celery and veggies have FAR more of these substances than cured meats, yet, they are not listed as issues or problematic to ones health. SO these products are not nitrate/ nitrite free.. its just that they are not added through superficial means. The key is unprocessed foods which is why it might be better to eat these "nitrate free" products, even though they are not because they are less processed.... still a scam. I eat bacon almost every day and have lost 15 pounds and feel great! its a matter of balance, exercise, getting fresh air and sunshine w/o sunscreen and surrounding yourself with good people.

Their motto is "Dont Tread On Me"...

Where are these recent "studies"?

The article is a phony science piece pretending to be an advertisement.

First it waves the Cancer strawman, but I said "dangers".

Besides uncured bacon just tastes better, IMO.

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