Top 10 Things You Should Never Put in Your Mouth Again

May 22, 2013

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No.7: Cured Meat with Nitrates

Sodium nitrate is a salt derived from nitric acid. It’s used in cured meats like bacon, but guess where else you’ll find it? Fertilizers, plastics, even explosives. It’s a suspected carcinogen, with some studies suggesting that it can increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by 67%, leukemia by 74%, and type 2 diabetes by 41%.