The end of nitrate/nitrite preservatives?

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For years, our food regulators have told us they are safe. But we failsafers avoid preservatives (249-252) used in cured meats because they can cause a wide range of symptoms:

Headaches

I put up with dreadful headaches every day for about 15 years, along with muscle cramps in my neck & shoulders … I have proven it was nitrates in ham and bacon that were giving me the problem – from story [956]

Stutter

We removed all nitrates from our two and a half year old son's diet and within a week his stuttering was gone …  Strangely, his stuttering returned full-force today  (after an outing with my mother yesterday) … what had he eaten? a HOTDOG – from story [396]

Eczema, mania

I introduced nitrates (ham). My 6 year old son went pretty nutty after eating it, not violent, just manic. The next day he had bad eczema and was unable to read or write properly when I asked. The teacher also mentioned that he was having trouble concentrating again. He was also crying and clinging to me when it was time to drop him at school. The effects lasted about 5 days – from story [855]

Depression

When our 9 year old has consumed nitrates or other preservatives she becomes deeply depressed, highly irritable, intolerant to noise and self-destructive … e.g.
- attempt to jump off a balcony
- scratch her nails deeply into her legs
- bang her head on the refrigerator
- threaten to kill herself – from story [805]

Now, in the starkest warning yet about nitrites (249, 250) that turn cured products pink, food and medical experts and politicians in the UK have united to tell the meat industry to stop adding these cancer-causing chemicals to bacon and other cured meat products.

“...there is evidence that consumption of processed meats containing these chemicals results in 6,600 bowel cancer cases every year in the UK – four times the fatalities on British roads" they said and are campaigning for the issue to be taken as seriously as sugar levels in food.

In 2015 the World Health Organisation published evidence that linked processed meats to 34,000 cases of colorectal cancer worldwide each year – and identified nitrites and nitrosamines as the likely cause.

Two studies published this year have also raised concerns.

Glasgow University researchers collated data from 262,195 British women that suggested reducing processed meat consumption could cut a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.

And a John Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US study suggested a direct link between nitrites and the onset of mental health problems (see blog below). Its 10-year analysis of more than 1,000 people found patients taken to hospital with manic episodes were three times more likely to have recently eaten nitrite-cured meat.

Read more

Stop adding cancer-causing chemicals to our bacon, experts tell meat industry https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/dec/29/nitrites-used-in-bacon-cured-meats-linked-to-cancer-experts-warn

Additives in meat linked to mania and bipolar disorder: it’s official

Aren’t you glad you’re failsafe? Research shows two groups of food additives – and fragranced products - are even worse than we thought

Factsheet on Nitrates, nitrites and nitrosamines

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