Liz Hoxie wrote:Moderation in everything is the key.
Melissa Sullivan wrote:...
The bigger concern are the nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic.
Melissa Sullivan wrote:The BBQ is particularly bad because it is not as controlled as an oven; portions of the meat will be subject to really high temperatures and char, which greatly increases nitrosamine formation, as well as the formation of many other bad chemicals.
Melissa Sullivan wrote:I actually learned about this in a toxicology course in college, so I'll share what I gleaned:
As you mentioned, it's not really the nitrates/nitrites which are the issue, they are naturally occurring and a very high dose of those chemicals would be needed to be toxic. The bigger concern are the nitrosamines, which are carcinogenic. Because they are carcinogenic, there is no "safe" concentration of these chemicals that can be ingested.
Destiny Hagest wrote: asked about naturally occuring vs. synthetic nitrites/ates.
I have an idea for a theory (which I may or may not develop into a research project at a later date) which may be of interest for this subject....
Do naturally occuring molecules contain more stable isotopes than synthetic molecules? The idea behind this, is that there are molecules which have been in their form for possibly millions of years - for example a soil mineral which was part of a rock then taken up by a tree to be make into an essential oil extracted by man. And others which were made in the lab over the last say - 5 to 10 years. Thus, in the naturally occuring molecule - any isotopes will have had millions of years to reach a stable point and no longer emit radiation.
...sorry, another topic I know - but just thought I would add it for Destiny's interest.