Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fatigue, braing fog, blue moods, Nitrates in your food ?

I'm always telling people that you can help determine your future health with a little common sense. Eating a healthy diet is a top priority, but unfortunately in today's world you need to do your homework first.

Medical experts have discovered why millions of people feel sluggish after eating lunch. Nearly all processed meats are made with sodium nitrite, breakfast sausage, hot dogs, bacon, lunch meat, and even meats in canned soup products.

Nitrates can also trigger fatigue, blue moods, and brain fog. And is a precursor to highly carcinogenic nitrosamines, potent cancer causing chemicals that accelerate the formation and growth of cancer cells throughout the body.

Nitrates contain nitrogen, an element needed for a healthy metabolism so the body is fooled into absorbing them. The USDA actually tried to ban sodium nitrite but was preempted by the meat processing industry.

Expectant mothers should avoid consuming sodium nitrite due to the greatly heightened risk of brain tumors in infants. Parents are also warned to avoid feeding their children products that contain sodium nitrite, including all popular hot dogs, bacon, breakfast sausages and pizzas made with pepperoni or other processed meats. Sodium nitrite is especially dangerous to fetuses, infants and children.

Now the best thing to do is to avoid anything with nitrates all together, but since that isn't likely to happen here are a few steps you can take to help reduce the nitrates you consume.

When cooking bacon and sausage cook at medium heat, this will cut the amount of nitrates in half. Or use a microwave and cut the levels up to 90%, but never use plastic in your microwave since the toxic chemicals in the plastic will leach into your food ( see my previous post - Plastic Bottles).

When buying cold cuts stick with organic or store made, meats that are roasted fresh on premises.

Vitamin C helps transform nitrates into nitric oxide, a necessary chemical for good health. Strawberries antioxidant flavonols have been found to lower nitrosamine levels by 72%.

Want To Know More ? see - Contaminated Beef

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