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Sodium Nitrate

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I had also done research on sodium nitrate. It is interesting that food labels claiming to be natural, have up to 10 times as much nitrite. We are being told to stay away from processed meats due to the sodium nitrate, but plants have this chemical compound in them as well. Whether it's carrots, cabbage, or celery they all have sodium nitrate. Sodium nitrate is found in fertilizer. Sodium nitrate has nitrogen in it, which helps enhance the growth of plants. Due to animals eating green leafy plants, when we eat the animals, is there already sodium nitrate inside the meat? Or is the manufacturer the one who brings the sodium nitrate into contact with the meat?
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