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The Long Time Cover-Up Regarding Processed Meats
In the 1970’s, the debate about whether or not to approve sodium nitrite was centered around the known carcinogens that this compound contained. They already knew that this was a fact, it was not questioned. The question was how much the meat industry lobby would have to pay in order to get the FDA to approve this inexpensive method of curing meat. Those who opposed nitrites stated that there were safer compounds to cure meat but the FDA gave in because these synthetic nitrites are inexpensive, leave the meat a rich red or pink color, and retain the flavor of the meat. People cannot taste this, other than a salty flavor, and they seem like a perfect solution. Until someone develops cancer or leukemia.
However, the FDA doesn’t really care about your health all they cared about were the big dollar signs they saw offered by the meat lobby.
Don’t confuse sodium nitrites with nitrites that naturally occur in nature. Natural nitrites help the body regulate blood pressure, support our immune response and many other functions. However, these synthetic nitrites have the opposite effect on the body. They damage the normal function of the red blood cells, can cause brain damage, especially in those who are younger.
Nitrites change the normal function of our hemoglobin, which carry oxygen in the blood to the rest of the body, depriving the body of oxygenated blood. Low levels of oxygen in the blood can lead to brain damage and even death due to a lack of oxygen.
Natural, dietary nitrates offer many health benefits including their ability to stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body, which improves our immune function, helps in the repair of wounds, regulates our blood pressure levels, as well as improves neurological function.
This is why it is vital that you purchase only nitrite free meats, or meats that have been cured using natural nitrites such as celery. This is crucial for your overall, long-term health. Read food labels carefully and eat as natural a diet as possible. This will go a long way towards protecting you and your family from disease, chronic illnesses, and cancer.