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    Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite

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    What is the difference between the product with added sodium nitrate and added sodium nitrite and why was sodium nitrate an effective ingredient for cured products in ancient days?

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    Nitrates and nitrites are chemical compounds commonly used in making cured meat products like bacon and hot dogs.

    Sodium nitrate is a type of salt that is a very effective food preservative. A naturally occurring mineral, sodium nitrate is present in all kinds of vegetables (root veggies like carrots as well as leafy greens like celery and spinach) along with all sorts of fruits and grains. Basically, anything that grows from the ground draws sodium nitrate out of the ...

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    This solution discusses the differences between sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite.