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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Sodium Nitrite

Processed and packaged meat products (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, etc.) are preserved with an ingredient that both the food industry and the USDA absolutely know causes cancer. The main purpose of preservatives is to provide a longer shelf life to food products especially to give that appearance of "freshness" through clear vaccum packaging. Longer shelf life means longer turn around time for perishable product, therefore, more savings on man power, equipment, and fuel for replacing that product. A one or two dollar savings is passed on to you, the consumer, in the short term, but in the long term, your health and your life is diminished - which translates into pain, suffering, and endless medical bills caused by these cheap, life-negative chemicals. One preservative in particular is ubiquitous in our "fresh" prepackaged food supply and is one of the most ignominious.

The ingredient's name is so dium nitrite, and it's found in practically all packaged meats at any grocery store in America. Both the food industry and the USDA have known for decades that this ingredient, when consumed, creates a class of chemical compounds known as nitrosamines which are highly carcinogenic (i.e. cancer-causing). The USDA actually tried to ban sodium nitrite in the 1970's, but was overruled by the food industry, which wanted to keep using the ingredient because it turns meats bright red, making them look fresh. Learn more shocking information at the sodium nitrite page on

Sodium Nitrite has also found its way into petfood. The main purpose is for color retention which is also its main purpose in human food. Now, I understand why unwitting humans are gullible when they are attracted to those pristine colors showing through clear blister packages on their
lunch meat, but why should our innocent, undiscerning animals care about color retention in their food? Do not be fooled by canned corporate responses. Please just ask your favorite manufacturers to substitute healthy anti-oxidant type preservatives like ascorbic acid (vitamin c). There are many more SAFE methods for preserving food - and all food processors know about them, but most are more interested in saving a few dollars rather than saving the health of consumers.

It's your job as consumer to tell them what you really want.

Your Health is Priceless - You're a Health Shopper.



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