I cringe when I hear of schools serving hotdogs for lunch. And those packaged “lunches” you see in the grocery store containing processed cheese, crackers and luncheon meats? Well, don’t even get me started on those.
Most of us know that eating a lot of cured meats and hotdogs is not healthy because of how high these foods tend to be in fat, sodium and preservatives. But not many people realize how dangerous these foods really can be.
Many cured meats on supermarket shelves contain nitrates. Nitrates are chemical preservatives used in foods like bacon and lunch meats to preserve color and inhibit the growth of bacteria.
What exactly are nitrates?
Nitrates aren’t harmful all on their own, but in the human body, nitrates are converted to the carcinogen nitrite. High amounts of nitrate consumption is linked to liver, stomach and esophageal cancers. People who eat a lot of nitrates also seem to be at higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. (Pregnant women and babies should avoid all chemical nitrates.)
There are many types of cured meats containing nitrates—particularly pink cured meats. (The color comes from nitrates.)
There are vegetables like spinach and carrots that contain nitrates, but it’s believed that these veggies have other compounds that can prevent their naturally occurring nitrates from becoming dangerous. (It is advised to avoid giving these vegetables to babies under six months old because they can be sensitive to nitrates.)
Many manufacturers are listening to consumers, offering nitrate-free versions of ham, bacon and cured meats so be sure to check your labels. There may be a nitrate-free version of your favorite meats in your local grocery store.
If you can’t find nitrate-free meats in your neck of the woods, limit the amount of these foods that you do eat. At the same time, try to take extra vitamin C while you’re eating nitrate-containing foods to inhibit the conversion of nitrates to toxic nitrites. Eat a small orange with your bacon to balance things a bit.
Besides an orange, leafy greens are another great way to get that vitamin C into you. Lucky for you, if you have a hard time sourcing a steady supply of fresh greens, you have to try our Premier Greens—the absolute best greens product EVER! Completely organic and GMO free, we’ve carefully dried and preserved pure juiced greens without any fillers or ingredients like alfalfa which are difficult on those of us with autoimmune disorders. This would be a great product to add to your diet if you can’t cut out all of the nitrates (which you still should try to be doing, by the way!).
Organic Greens: Grasses, Chlorella, Blue Green Algae, Noni
and Coriander for Daily Health
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solvent extracted, or heat damaged. Although grasses
grown in the U.S.
can deliver beneficial nutrients, PRL's tests show their toxic levels are far
too high (due to pesticide/chemical residues). Unfortunately, negative effects
from a bioaccumulation of these residues is usually seen later on, but the
consumer rarely links them to the toxicity of the product. Two major reasons
that U.S. grasses are a problem: 1) the water supplies contain high levels of
pesticide residues and contaminants (even in organic farming) and 2) the top
soils have sustained massive nutrient losses, even on organic farms, as well as
being dosed with heavy pesticide residues from decades of chemicalized farming
(residues which can remain long after a farm is converted to organic). Quantum DNA Repair
Agent Because of the
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Servings (1 tsp.) per container: approx. 110
Power Greens Blend™ (110mg) - Chlorella
(whole; broken cell wall),(c.pyrenoidosa), Noni (fruit,seed)(Morinda
citrifolia), Blue Green Algae (whole)(Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), Coriander
Other Ingredients: None.
Store in a cool, dry place.Violite™ Protected: Patent-pending dark violet-colored, #2 HDPE nontoxic
plastic bottle engineered to block light between 450-720 nm, the range at which
damage to nutrients occurs. Nitrogen flushed to protect freshness and prevent
Adults or children (age 4 and up):
Capsules: Take 2 capsules, 3 times daily. More can be taken if desired.Greens Mix Powder: Add 1-3 tsp. to purified water or your favorite
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