Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Why are the best things in life bad for you ?

Oh my beloved bacon, why do you hate me ? There's no surprise...I LOVES me some bacon. I could eat it all day and night. I have been told that I possess the very rare bacon gene. It creates an uncontrollable urge to gorge on bacon. Something this tasty can't be bad...right? Outside of the obvious...the fatty salty goodness, there's the heart stopping cholesterol badness...and did I say fatty goodness ? There's the other nasty bit. The link to Nitrates and Cancer. I'm not suggesting a mob gather and we run and burn down the deli and cured meats department at the local grocery store. No. It's more a "read the label" kind of thing. Here's some info from

What they are: Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds found in many foods, including some salts. Salt containing nitrates has been favored for preserving meat because it maintains color and flavor while inhibiting bacterial growth.

Why they're unhealthy: Nitrates have been linked to infant methemoglobinemia, a deficiency of oxygen in the blood. Also, nitrate can interact with the amines in protein to form nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer in lab animals.

What's being done: The USDA now requires bacon processors to add antioxidants, such as vitamins C and E, which have been proven to inhibit nitrosamine formation. But if you're still worried, you can limit your intake by sticking with nitrate-free bacon products, having your bacon with a glass of antioxidant-rich orange juice, and not overcooking your strips. Studies have shown that well-done bacon contains more nitrosamines

Not to worry stomach...this won't put me off bacon...just have to find the nitrate free stuff.

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