Monday, September 19, 2011

We Have Beef...with Nitrates! Why OMNI Medical Center Wants You to Beware of Additives

Think you're eating healthy by having deli meat for lunch?

Think again...deli meat purchased from your local grocery store (unless it's organic) can be dangerous to your health.

Here's why OMNI Medical Center believes you should be conscientious of additives like nitrates and nitrites in your food:

Nitrogen-based compounds (like nitrates and nitrites) are essential for digestion in small amounts. They occur naturally but are synthetically produced for use in fertilizer and as food additives. They’re commonly used to cure processed meats.

Why they can be dangerous: Nitrates and nitrites have a tendency to fuse with amino acids to become carcinogenic nitrosamines. 
Ironically, the processed meats into which nitrates are commonly added are rich with amino acids, making nitrosamine formation very likely. 
In addition to concerns about cancer, increased nitrate and nitrite intake has been linked to deaths in Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s patients. 
Despite the risks, the valuable use of nitrates and nitrites as inhibitors of botulism warrant their acceptance as food additives in the eyes of the FDA.

Where you’ll find nitrates and nitrites in your food: Oscar Meyer hot dogs, Hormel bacon, Hillshire Farm deli meat, and other lunch meats from the deli section of most grocery stores.

For more helpful nutritional tips, or to find out about the OMNI Medical Weight Loss program, visit our web site:

Here's to healthier lunches (without the additives, that is)!
--The OMNI Medical Center Team

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