Sodium Nitrates

Potentially Harmful
Antimicrobial (preservative) added to processed meat products like bacon, sausage, hot dogs, and ham.
Health Impact
Nitrites have been linked to an increased risk of stomach cancer, as well as colorectal, breast and bladder cancer. When exposed to high heat and in the presence of amino acids, nitrites can turn into nitrosamine, a compound that has also been linked to health issues like higher risk of stomach cancer.
Nitrosamine and related food intake and gastric and oesophageal cancer risk: a systematic review of the epidemiological evidence
Red and Processed Meat and Colorectal Cancer Incidence: Meta-Analysis of Prospective Studies
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