Weightloss and Nasty Additives: Sodium nitrite

Nov 22

Weightloss and Nasty Additives: Sodium nitrite

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Now THAT’s lookin’ better. I guess I do have a problem with carbs! The test has been a bit of a challenge so far, but not too difficult. The difficulty lies in eating frequently on days I work. When I’m at Gymboree I really just have time to drink, not to eat.

So, moving on to additives…

If you’re a big fan of luncheon meats, this is a dangerous additive for you.

Sodium Nitrite is added to foods for the sake of colour, flavour and shelf life. It is most commonly found in bacon, ham, luncheon meats, hot dogs, smoked meats and fish, and corned beef.

“This would be at the top of my list of additives to cut from my diet,” says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N., a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Under certain high-temperature cooking conditions such as grilling, it transforms into a reactive compound that has been shown to promote cancer.”

According to the site, Living a Healthy Lifestyle

Sodium nitrite per se is not the problem. More come from vegetables than from meat. The problem arises during digestion when sodium nitrite is converted to nitrosamine. Nitrosamine is a carcinogen.

Nitrosamine is found in foods that are pickled, fried, or smoked. It is also found in beer, cheese, fish byproducts, and tobacco smoke.

Foods high in vitamin C stops the conversion of nitrite into nitrosamine.”

Sodium Nitrites tend to influence specific cancers like colorectal, stomach and pancreatic cancers. Nitrites have also been shown to negatively influence Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), DNA Mutations, and Brain Tumors in children. Acid blood or Leukemia also skyrockets by 700% following the consumption of hot dogs. (Preston-Martin, S. et al. “N-nitroso compounds and childhood brain tumors: A case-control study.” Cancer Res. 1982; 42:5240-5)

Next time you’re doing your shopping, check the label for Sodium Nitrite, and if it’s been added, put the package back, and look for one that’s Nitrite free! That little bit of pleasure is not worth the risk of cancer.

Want more info?

Hot Dogs and Brain Tumors in Children

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