Sodium Nitrate, also known as sodium nitrite, is a preservative, coloring, and flavoring.  It is commonly added to hot dogs, lunch meats, ham, bacon, smoked fish, and corned beef.  I try hard to be positive with my posts but today I must say:  LIVE YOUNGER by minimizing or avoiding sodium nitrates in the food you eat. Seek nitrate-free meat.

Studies have linked sodium nitrate to various types of cancer.  In October of 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a research branch of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that processed meat is linked to cancer formation.  The findings were published in the journal The Lancet Oncology and the agency classified processed meat as carcinogenic “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.”

Twenty-two scientists from ten countries were in the research group who studied the potential cancer-causing properties of processed meat based on available research.  Looking at more than 800 studies on the link between cancer risk processed meat and possibly red meat, the IARC group determined that the risk for colon cancer increases for every 50 grams of red meat or processed meat eaten daily.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths annually in the United States.  

Red meat was included in the study because it is often smoked, causing it to contain Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs).  These compounds develop at high heat and have been found to damage DNA and contribute to cancer formation.

I love red meat!  I even love a good hot dog occasionally.  Nevertheless, based on this information, I am going to START SOMEWHERE eating less of it. Here are some things for us all to remember:

  • Not all red meat is created equal.  Lean red meat is full of vitamins, iron and quality protein.  
  • Replace processed meat with fresher versions.  Real food spoils in a few days!
  • When buying luncheon meat, specifically look for those labeled “no nitrates.”  You probably have to ask the butcher but it’s usually available.  
  • If you go to a restaurant and get a big hunk of red meat, cut it in half and take the other half home in foil (not styrofoam) to enjoy later.
  • Look for bacon and sausage labeled “no nitrates.”  They are yummy!

Enjoy quality meat, but know what you are putting in your body.  Seek nitrate-free meat to LIVE YOUNGER and enjoy increased vitality and fewer doctor visits.  Cultivate joy throughout your day.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Seek nitrate-free meat

Seek nitrate-free meat