(3) Any nitrate that is absorbed has a very short half-life, disappearing from our blood in under five minutes.
(4) Some nitrite in our stomach reacts with gastric contents, forming nitric oxide which may have many beneficial effects.
These products use “natural” sources of the same chemical like celery and beet juice and sea salt, and are no more free from nitrates and nitrites than standard cured meats.
In fact, they may even contain nitrates and nitrites when cured using “natural” preservatives.
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In other words, your spit contains far more nitrites than anything you could ever eat.
It’s important to understand that neither nitrate nor nitrite accumulate in body.
Ingested nitrate from food is converted into nitrite when it contacts our saliva, and of the nitrate we eat, 25% is converted into salivary nitrite, 20% converted into nitrite, and the rest is excreted in the urine within 5 hours of ingestion.
It may shock you to learn that one serving of arugula, two servings of butter lettuce, and four servings of celery or beets all have more nitrite than 467 hot dogs.
(2) And your own saliva has more nitrites than all of them!