News on Nitrates

Research says it’s best to avoid nitrates. What exactly are they? Nitrates are common food preservatives that can be found in lunch meats and preserved meats, fish, and poultry. In some instances, they naturally occur as a meat or fish cures through a smoked or salted process. In other instances, nitrates are added to preserve meats, which gives them a salty taste. The problem with nitrates is that they directly correlate with an increased incidence of stomach cancer.

November is stomach cancer awareness month. I encourage you to take a closer look at the foods you’re consuming and avoid nitrates. There are alternative options when it comes to grocery shopping, just look for the “No Nitrate” option. If you’d like to discuss this in person, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanne McMurry, a residency trained integrative oncologist.