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Once-maligned nitrates, nitrites touted as beneficial

By Alan Titchenal and Joannie Dobbs

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014

~~<p>It is popular to recommend avoiding foods that have ingredients that sound like strange chemicals. Certainly, aiming to eat wholesome natural foods is a good goal. But read on for a story about a food additive that was falsely accused of causing cancer and is now praised for not only making food safer, but also for providing health benefits.</p>
<p>Food additives called nitrates and nitrites have been used in meat products for a long time. They prevent the growth of dangerous microorganisms (like those that cause deadly botulism and listeriosis) and help to maintain color in cured meats.</p>
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It is popular to recommend avoiding foods that have ingredients that sound like strange chemicals. Certainly, aiming to eat wholesome natural foods is a good goal. But read on for a story about a food additive that was falsely accused of causing cancer and is now praised for not only making food safer, but also for providing health benefits.

Food additives called nitrates and nitrites have been used in meat products for a long time. They prevent the growth of dangerous microorganisms (like those that cause deadly botulism and listeriosis) and help to maintain color in cured meats. Login for more...



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