Doctor's Note

This reminds me of the cooked meat carcinogen issue. If we undercook meat, then we can get food poisoning (see for example Fecal Bacteria SurveyChicken Out of UTIsU.S. Meat Supply Flying at Half Staph). But if we make sure meat is well-done, we risk exposure to carcinogens produced when muscle flesh is exposed to high temperatures (see Fast Food Tested For CarcinogensMuscle Tremors & DietCarcinogens in Roasted Chicken?). See Are Nitrates Pollutants or Nutrients? for why nitrites from meat can be harmful, while nitrites from nitrates in vegetables can be helpful. 

For more context, also check out my associated blog posts: Using Greens to Improve Athletic PerformanceTop 10 Most Popular Videos of the YearStrawberries Can Reverse Precancerous Progression; and How Chemically Contaminated Are We?

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  • Michael Greger M.D.

    This reminds me of the cooked meat carcinogen issue. If we undercook meat, then we can get food poisoning (see for example Fecal Bacteria Survey, Chicken Out of UTIs, U.S. Meat Supply Flying at Half Staph) but if we make sure meat is well-done, we risk exposure to carcinogens produced when muscle flesh is exposed to high temperatures (see Fast Food Tested For Carcinogens, Muscle Tremors Diet, Carcinogens in Roasted Chicken). Tomorrow I’ll cover why nitrites from meat can be harmful while nitrites from nitrates in vegetables can be helpful. Can’t wait for more on the latest in nutritional science? There are hundreds of other videos on more than a thousand subjects.

  • wickedchicken

    It seems so …negligent…that we know these things yet nobody cares! Can’t believe more of a fuss is not made about processed meats. Even the WCRF say avoid it! They are legit, and have a wide audience. And people eat these foods everyday with no intention of changing! Why are they allowed to sell it? Ban it I say! It’s a major contributor to future healthcare costs from future diseaed people. Taxpayers money. Ban it and Save ourselves the bill…..

    • florina

      Maybe this is “their” way to stop the overpopulation on this Planet …

    • matthk

      Ugh! Scarmongering and bad science. Get with the times people.
      This is a dumb as freaking out about ‘radioactive fish’ from Fukushima when an organic banana has 20 times the level of radiation these fish have.

      If you want to get angry about anything, get angry about grains, fructose and sugar. The real health demons of the modern age.

      http://chriskresser.com/the-nitrate-and-nitrite-myth-another-reason-not-to-fear-bacon

      • Aoitombo

        The guy who wrote this article doesn’t even have a college degree. You believe him over a M.D. who’s written books and is considered a subject matter expert?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please check out my associated blog post Using Greens to Improve Athletic Performance!

  • Growller

    Does this information also pertain to ham and bacon that do not contain nitrates or other food preservatives?

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