Nitrates? NO THANK YOU!

Nitrates? NO THANK YOU!

Jana Biddle1 comment

Our 'Naked' Range is Nitrate, Preservative & Sugar Free Baby!

For those of you who are not familiar with The Naked Butcher, we are an Organic & Free Range butcher shop specializing in organically grown & ethically produced meats. One of the reasons we have been named "Western Australia's Premiere Organic Butcher Shop" is because we are the proud creators of our 'Naked' Range - Smallgoods free from Nitrates, Preservatives & sugar and is packed with flavour!

What are Nitrates?

Nitrates are inorganic compounds made up of nitrogen and oxygen, NO3 (one nitrogen and three oxygen molecules). These compounds combine with other elements like sodium and potassium to make sodium nitrate or potassium nitrate. They are used as preservatives and color fixatives in cured meats and have other industrial uses, such as in gunpowder, explosives, fertilizers, and glass enamels.

When we eat nitrates, they are converted into nitrites in our digestive system, which are then converted to ammonia and disposed of by the body. Nitrites are also inorganic compounds made up of nitrogen and oxygen, but instead of three oxygen molecules they have two, NO2.

Why Should You Avoid Nitrates & Nitrites?

Nitrates & Nitrites in small amounts are generally not harmful, however, they can be degraded into carcinogenic compounds by high heat and also by digestive enzymes. 


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Hi there, As I am new to your site, (and I am so so so pleased I have found it) would you kindly explain why sugar is added to every single bacon item sold in supermarkets and retailers? Is it to enhance the colour (such as nitrates do), or is it to make it more palatable and sweet? I have been diagnosed with a connective tissue disorder and have been advised to change my dietary regime intensley. I have been advised to eat a lot more clean meat. As I have begun this new journey in my life, I have been so disappointed with the meat that is sold in supermarkets and the likes. I previously never ate meat, so it wasn’t a concern I had. However, now that my health demands a different direction, I have been looking for clean, free range, organic, sustainable and caring farming practices. I had never realised how difficult this could be. So thank-you for your ethical company/website and galant advocates for all things clean and ethical farming practices. I will endeavour to place an order once I can decide (so many lovely things) which cuts and products to purchase. I digress (lol), in the meantime, back to my quesiton on why sugar is added to meat products please? It seems we have to add sugar to EVERYTHING these days. Kindest, Teri

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