Nitrites in food

November 19, 2011 at 1:49 am • Posted in ALL POSTS60 Comments

Recently, news reports have been linking the food additive “nitrite” to colon cancer. There is a serious problem with this assumption. Nitrates are converted to nitrites in the human digestive tract. Nitrates are found in many other foods in our diet. Beans, beets, lettuce, spinach, and other foods have high levels of nitrates, which are ultimately converted to nitrites in our bodies.
Drinking water from wells and water reservoirs also can have nitrates dissolved in it. I personally collected water samples from a domestic well, which even had nitrite in it and many other wells, which had nitrate in them. During a ten-year period, I analyzed tens of thousands of stream and marine samples that contained nitrate and small amounts of nitrite. Even rainwater contains small amounts of nitrate. If the rain comes in on the “Pineapple Express”, it also contains small amounts of elemental mercury.
Nitrites are added to hot dogs and other foods to prevent the production of botulism toxin. Nitrites formed from nitrates in vegetables are NO DIFFERENT from the nitrites added to foods to prevent spoilage. Nitrates found in ground water and streams are formed in the roots of alder trees and many other plants including food crops. Nitrates in the environment can also be the result of human and animal activities.
Foods with high nitrates should be avoided by women during their last trimester of pregnancy and should NOT be fed a child under the age of seven months of age. Doing so put the child at risk of methaglobinemia (Blue baby syndrome) and even death.
If you connect hot dogs and their nitrites with colon cancer, then what about all these other foods?
Another naturally occurring toxin, which is found in food, is cyanide. Seeds from one popular fruit contain so much cyanide that a cup full of these seeds will kill an adult.