Is that “No Nitrite/Nitrate” deli meat better for you?
I thought so…but I was wrong!
A reader asked the question “can you tell me what cultured celery juice is”?
After much research, I have found that it’s hard find out exactly what it is and how it come to be, but it’s used in place of nitrites and nitrates found in deli meats and bacon. This is done because nitrites and nitrates used as a preservative to cure deli meats, hot dogs, and bacon, has been linked to pancreatic cancer and bladder cancer. A 2007 study “convincing cause” to linking processed meat with colorectal cancer.
To avoid this, and as a marketing ploy, many of the companies are now using a natural substitute, cultured celery juice. Because this comes from a “natural” source, the package can read “all natural” and “nitrite/nitrate free – except those found naturally in celery juice”.
Have you seen these – brands like Hormel, Applegate, and a host of others? I’ve bought them since they came on the market, paid more for them, told others about them, and what do I find? That we have all been misled!!
The celery juice, which contains nitrites and nitrates naturally, is extracted or a powder form is used, and added to meats. Veggies with nitrates/nitrates occurring naturally are fine to eat as they are because they have other nutrients/vitamins that counteract the carcinogens formed. However, without the other nutrients, you’re just getting the cancer-causing carcinogens.
Bottom line, a nitrate is a nitrate and a nitrite is a nitrite when it comes to processed deli meats. And because the celery juice is a “natural” form and isn’t regulated or measured, you may actually be getting more nitrites/nitrates in the regular, “No Nitrite/Nitrate” version.
Bottom line, stay away from processed foods – and that includes deli meats, hot dogs, and bacon. If you must eat them, one product isn’t better than the other as far as nitrates go, so don’t get caught up in the hype and marketing of “all natural” and keep it to a minimum! I’ll have none, thank you!
Here are the sources I used for this article. Read on for more info.