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    My husband won't eat sugared bacon due to colitis, but all the nitrate-free bacon options have sugar in them. Is there a sugar-free nitrate-free brand I can order online or something? I can't seem to find one in Atlanta. He is ok with honey but can't find that either, only sugar.

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    I haven't found any either (and have a feeling if I did they would be prohibitively expensive) however I have found some bacons that are cured with either no or a lot less sugar and if you take those and soak them in water in the refrigerator over night it will leech out a lot (though not all) of the sodium, nitrates and sugar. I don't eat a lot of bacon but I find this helpful (and I like the fact that the bacon is a lot less salty).
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    • #3
      I don't think there's any such thing as nitrate-free bacon regardless of the sugar content. The bacon that has no sodium nitrate added tends to use sea salt or celery salt instead, which contains natural nitrates. A bacon without nitrates of any kind would rot. Some people thing the sodium-nitrate-added kind might actually be better, because the quantity of nitrates can be more carefully controlled to hit the sweet spot between too little (food will rot) to too much (not healthy).
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      • #4
        I buy nitrate free bacon from my local Amish farmers and they have it processed with salt and some sugar but nothing else.

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        • #5
          I have heard you can just buy some side pork (the cut bacon is made out of) from butchers.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lizch View Post
            I don't think there's any such thing as nitrate-free bacon regardless of the sugar content. The bacon that has no sodium nitrate added tends to use sea salt or celery salt instead, which contains natural nitrates. A bacon without nitrates of any kind would rot. Some people thing the sodium-nitrate-added kind might actually be better, because the quantity of nitrates can be more carefully controlled to hit the sweet spot between too little (food will rot) to too much (not healthy).
            Thanks, I've also read about this elsewhere. He loves his bacon so I am worried about the nitrates. I haven't convinced him to eat it less often...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Conner P. View Post
              I have heard you can just buy some side pork (the cut bacon is made out of) from butchers.
              Thanks for the tip!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ittybitty View Post
                Thanks, I've also read about this elsewhere. He loves his bacon so I am worried about the nitrates. I haven't convinced him to eat it less often...
                BTW, I eat it every day for breakfast, so my comment wasn't intended to deter consumption, but rather to make sure consumption includes full disclosure
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                • #9
                  I buy natural uncured bacon made by oscar mayer & hormel. Would either of those work?
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                  • #10
                    Check farmer's market. I've had good luck there. But you're right, store-bought bacon has added sugar, probably acts as a kind of preservative.
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                    • #11
                      Beware, even if packages say they don't add nitrates and nitrites they still might, cloaked in the "natural flavoring" ingredients. Stay away from all processed meats if you think your husband is sensitive to the nitrates and/or nitrites in them.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know where you live in Atlanta, but Whole Foods in Marietta (Harry's) carries local bacon that is nitrite-free. It does have sugar, but it is in a very small amount. Also, Applegate Farms has nitrite-free bacon (they use celery juice which creates nitrites, but not the same as the chemical process, from what I understand.) Their bacon contains sugar, but the amount is miniscule.

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                        • #13
                          From what I hear, the side pork fries up kind of gray because it's uncured -- tastes fine, but don't be dismayed by the color.
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                          • #14
                            You can buy Berkshire pork belly at the dekalb farmers market. Do a wet or dry rub of salt and spices for a few days (google for recipes), then slice and fry. Since you aren't using nitrates, it probably won't keep the red coloring, but it should taste pretty good. Also it won't keep long like nitrated bacon.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ittybitty View Post
                              My husband won't eat sugared bacon due to colitis, but all the nitrate-free bacon options have sugar in them. Is there a sugar-free nitrate-free brand I can order online or something? I can't seem to find one in Atlanta. He is ok with honey but can't find that either, only sugar.


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