Migraines and processed meats: the low-down
- Swap your strawberries for apples. Strawberries and other ground/vine-based fruits, including grapes and raspberries, are naturally high in nitrate as they grow closely, surrounded by nitrate-rich soil. The theory goes that the higher the fruit is growing from the ground, the less nitrate it includes, so apples or pears would be a suitable alternative.
- Go Organic. In the UK, over 95% of the ingredients of produce must be organic for the title to be applied, significantly reducing your nitrate intake.
- Check your water source. This is particularly important in rural areas where levels of nitrate are commonly higher as a groundwater contaminant.
- Avoid the ingredient potassium or sodium nitrate. These ingredients are alternative forms of preservatives often added to meat.
- Ditch the ‘cured’ or ‘smoked’ labelled foods. To prolong the shelf life, these meats will commonly contain nitrate.
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