Nitrates Allergies: You Can Be Allergic to Hot Dogs?


Nitrates are used as a common food preservative and can be found in various meats and vegetables. Over time, botulism bacteria grows on meat which can be slowed by nitrates. While nitrates are considered a safe food additive, one can still be allergic to nitrates. Pregnant women have an increased sensitivity to nitrates, especially around the 30th week of pregnancy.

Symptoms of nitrate allergies include:

  • Headaches

  • Hives

  • Inflammation

  • Sneezing

  • Asthma

It can take 24 hours for these symptoms to develop after eating something containing nitrates. Nitrate allergies are more likely to create reactions from small doses over long periods of time, rather than a large dose over a short amount of time.

Foods that have nitrates:

  • Hot dogs

  • Salami

  • Bacon

  • Spinach

  • Beets

  • Cabbage

  • Celery

  • Processed fish

  • Other processed meats

To avoid nitrates, reduce the intake of processed foods and cured meat. Foods with sodium or potassium nitrates and nitrites will trigger nitrate allergies. Organic food are not allowed to have nitrates and are always a safe food for those with nitrate allergies. Diets high in Vitamin C and antioxidants can reduce the effects of nitrate allergies.

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