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Nitrates are related to developing cancer. Be aware!

Flip over your pack of bacon and you're likely going to see nitrates listed in the ingredients panel. Nitrates are chemical compounds commonly used as preservatives in processed meats, such as bacon, sausages, and deli meats.

While they help extend shelf life and prevent bacterial growth, it's essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with these additives. Nitrates can convert into harmful substances called nitrosamines. These nitrosamines have been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, including stomach and colorectal cancer.

To reduce your exposure to nitrates, opt for fresh, whole foods in your diet. Stick to fresh grass-fed beef, organic, free-roaming chicken, and wild-caught fish as much as possible. Minimize processed meats in your diet and choose nitrate free when necessary.

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