Uncured hotdog

By Nick Wright

I noticed at our last pickup packages containing “uncured hotdogs.” So I asked around, trying to find out what the difference was between a “cured” hotdog versus an uncured one.

Turns out it has to do with a group of chemicals called nitrates or nitrites.

According to the Web site DeliciousOrganics.Com, nitrates are a chemical compound used to preserve food and to set its color.

The problem with nitrates is that when they are ingested into the human body they form another chemical compound called nitrosamines. And nitrosamines are carcinogenic when means they have been shown to cause cancer.

Anyone interested should read the whole article.


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