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    Bacon and Salt

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    Hey guys,

    I ordered 2 kinds of bacon from a local farmer where I live. It's all natural as in they don't give hormones to their pigs. So the packaging says that there are no nitrates added. Here are the ingredients:
    Natural pork, water, salt, Sodium phosphates, sugar, sodium erythrobate, sodium bicarbonate and spice. This is on the peameal bacon. This is one is leaner but there's 4077 mg per 40 g. Isn't this a lot? Are these ingredients not paleo?

    The sliced bacon have similar ingredients maybe except for the sugar. It also has a lot of sodium like 5000..? something for 64 g?

    Is this normal amount of salt in bacon. eek? I don't know if I wanna be eating this? I can't return it now. Would washing it get rid of some of the salt? Does the salt evaporate once you cook it ? I already salt my food so I don't think this is healthy.

    Thoughts?

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    Next time ask your farmer for sidepork. Same cut, no processing. Then you can salt it to your liking.

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    i wouldnt worry about salt too much. its a necessity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaye View Post
    Next time ask your farmer for sidepork. Same cut, no processing. Then you can salt it to your liking.
    Yeah ill try that next time I didn't even think to ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BennettC View Post
    i wouldnt worry about salt too much. its a necessity!
    Yeah I know we need salt but to eat 3 pcs of bacon in one sitting is like 5000 mg of sodium...That's crazy? Just how much salt can the body process without adverse effect?

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    Good point, and im sure it's just regular table salt. I salt my foods with "real salt" I've quit eating bacon for now as I need sources of meat that have more protein. For a while it was an every day staple.
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    How much salt remains after it is cooked? That would be my next question IF I was concerned about it. I think if one is eating "primal" then one's salt is already greatly reduced and the odd item with a lot of salt isn't going to hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jojohaligo View Post
    How much salt remains after it is cooked? That would be my next question IF I was concerned about it. I think if one is eating "primal" then one's salt is already greatly reduced and the odd item with a lot of salt isn't going to hurt.
    Yeah like I mentioned I do salt my food but again I eat paleo 90% of the time. I mean when the bacon is cooked there is a lot of fat on the pan so I wonder if some of the salt is in that.

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    The salt doesn't disappear from cooked food - unless it's boiled, then the contents are diluted.

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