I've seen a few articles of late that were contrary to the prevailing winds espoused by my healthier friends and family.
Let's take nitrates. They are bad for you right? Well, maybe but maybe not. Nitrite free may not mean what you think it means. Let's take bacon for instance, one of the essential food groups.
Uncured bacon isn't any healthier. Here's why. - The Washington Post
The truth is there is little practical difference between cured and uncured bacon in terms of health. Both are cured in the true sense of the word, meaning they are preserved.The use of the labels “cured” and “uncured” on processed meats results from Agriculture Department’s labeling regulations. To be called cured, the meat must be processed with synthetic nitrites or nitrates. (You’ll see types of them, such as potassium nitrite or sodium nitrite, in the products’ ingredient list.)Without these compounds, meat would spoil. “Nitrite is especially important because it has inhibitory action against microorganisms and specifically against spores of Clostridium botulinum [which cause botulism], should they be present,” says Jeff J. Sindelar, a meat science professor and extension meat specialist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.Nitrites and nitrates also can form from natural sources, such as celery salt, powder, or juice, and these can be used to cure meat. Because they aren’t synthetic, the Agriculture Department requires meat processed with them to be labeled “uncured” and “no nitrates or nitrites added.”It’s a technical detail; the chemical composition of these curing agents are the same. “Nitrite is nitrite, regardless of source,” Sindelar says.“When people see ‘uncured’ and ‘no nitrates/nitrites added’ on a label, they believe the meat is healthier,” says Amy Keating, a nutritionist at Consumer Reports. “But that’s not the case.”
Processed meats do have harmful effects on the body and should be consumed in moderation. It is an interesting article.
Another thing that came across the bowsprit - you know that expensive wash your wife buys to clean the pesticides off fruit? Well, according to this, it is essentially worthless, you are better off using tap water.
“Plain running tap water remains the simplest and safest method” of removing germs and pesticides from produce, Johnson-Arbor said.
Organic means free from chemicals, right? Well, no.
Next time around we can talk about bottled water.