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    I should probably know this but I don't. I found some bacon without added sugar but it is loaded with nitrates.
    Primal/paleo says do not eat nitrates but I am not sure why?????


    Thanks guys for helping me to understand this!!

  • #2
    Sodium Nitrate (which is usually used to preserve pork) is not harmful at all, and we eat nitrates everyday with our vegetables as they soak up the nitrates from the soil. You don't need to worry about nitrates, mark has a post on bacon here A Quick Guide to Bacon | Mark's Daily Apple

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    • #3
      We have to avoid nitrates and nitrites because they trigger migraines in my SO.

      ETA: we buy uncured bacon. Delish, and not as salty. More meaty-flavored.
      Last edited by Miscellangela; 09-26-2012, 02:46 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lukey View Post
        Sodium Nitrate (which is usually used to preserve pork) is not harmful at all, and we eat nitrates everyday with our vegetables as they soak up the nitrates from the soil. You don't need to worry about nitrates, mark has a post on bacon here A Quick Guide to Bacon | Mark's Daily Apple
        +1
        Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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        5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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        • #5
          Hi kiwigal - do you mind sharing what brand you found? - assuming you are actually living in NZ, lol. I get the Freedom Farms or Hellers Free Farms brands, depending on which one is on special.
          Started Feb 18 2011

          Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

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          • #6
            There usually isn't that much sugar in bacon either, so don't even bother buying "no sugar added" varieties. With bacon I just buy whichever brand is on sale that week.

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            • #7
              It depends.

              Some people have an issue with migraines and other assorted "joys" from nitrates and nitrates.

              Sadly, that includes the ones that say "Uncured!" and "No added nitrates or nitrites!", then in microscopic letters whisper "other than that naturally occuring in celery seed/salt/juice". Actually, those have been shown to have more nitrates. Sucks for those of us that have a sensitivity to it.

              And before anyone gets their panties in a wad:
              1) Yes, it's real and not psychosomatic
              2) I don't care if it's in other foods
              3) I never said other people without a sensitivity couldn't eat it, so chill out and have another piece of bacon, knowing in your heart that I would if I could and I'm insanely jealous of your ability to eat bacon pain-free
              Durp.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Jac View Post
                Hi kiwigal - do you mind sharing what brand you found? - assuming you are actually living in NZ, lol. I get the Freedom Farms or Hellers Free Farms brands, depending on which one is on special.
                This wasn't directed at me, but the brand I like from PakNSave is Hendersons Bacon (500g). Take a look at the ingredient list the next time you are in the supermarket.

                Originally posted by JWBooth View Post
                There usually isn't that much sugar in bacon either, so don't even bother buying "no sugar added" varieties. With bacon I just buy whichever brand is on sale that week.
                -1

                Don't buy bacon with sugar and water added to it when there's a decent alternative. Just don't.
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                Griff's cholesterol primer
                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                bloodorchid is always right

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jac View Post
                  Hi kiwigal - do you mind sharing what brand you found? - assuming you are actually living in NZ, lol. I get the Freedom Farms or Hellers Free Farms brands, depending on which one is on special.

                  Sorry I"m from Auckland but now live in Minneapolis USA. I usually buy a brand at Rainbow foods that has no added sugar but Whole foods carries the Applegate one. Wasn't sure?

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys!!!

                    So do the majority of you buy the Applegate bacon???

                    That has added sugar but no nitrates??

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                    • #11
                      I buy this bacon, but more for the quality of pig rather than any nitrate issues....Free-Range Pork - Available in Chicago, IL - Indianapolis, Fort Wayne Indiana, Columbus, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton Ohio

                      Think its been pointed out that vegetables are your highest source of nitrates. That and your really worried about nitroseamine so just cook the bacon on low heat and the conversion rate there or in your stomach shouldn't be a concern.

                      Got a half hog coming in 2 weeks!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                        This wasn't directed at me, but the brand I like from PakNSave is Hendersons Bacon (500g). Take a look at the ingredient list the next time you are in the supermarket.
                        Thanks Magic, I'll look. It's always a good sign to find one that has mostly pork in it - a friend toured one of the big cured meat factories a while ago and almost threw up when she saw the huge vats of crap the meat was stewing in. I always wondered how they got the high percentages of other protein sources into what looks like solid meat!
                        Started Feb 18 2011

                        Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                        Journalling here

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