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MOMME2008
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11/18/08 10:48 A

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Mandylou: Don't worry so much! You've already eaten it. A little bit of uncooked pepperoni probably won't hurt your baby--your little one's made it this far. Ask your doctor if you're worried and I'm sure your doc will make you feel better. Most of what I ever say or write is not proven by the FDA--otherwise they wouldn't even allow companies to serve up foods with sodium nitrate. Sometimes I get overzealous with the food purist in me, but the truth is, we have all been eating sodium nitrate for generations and we are all fine. Well, a lot of sick people in this country from all of the processed foods, yes, but you know what I mean. Fine. I wouldn't just toss it in from the package though--heat it, and probably don't have it all the time. Packaged processed pepperoni is a dubious protien source at best, and there's not much good in it. That last statement I'm sure anyone affiliated with the medical/nutrition field would agree with.


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11/18/08 12:29 A

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Babies don't process the food in the first trimester, you do. So the only risk is cancer, as for me, everything in this world causes cancer. So pepperoni for me! yum!

MANDYLOU1
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11/14/08 5:29 P

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So, from what I gather, my baby could have had a lot of harm done to her in those 4 weeks that I ate pepperoni every day?!?! If they are so bad, why aren't they on the do not eat lists that are posted everywhere. I hate worrying myself, but I am a little more than freaked out now.

MOMME2008
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11/14/08 9:01 A

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Nitrates cause cancer when they convert to nitrite (nitrosamines) in your body, so they are bad for you. They are hard to process by organs and end up staying in your system. But most people can't avoid all foods with sodium nitrate completely. Nitrates are in fresh vegetables other than organic because of the fertilizer used.

If you ever have it, I've read that having lots of vitamin C will help keep sodium nitrate uncorrupted. I have no idea if this is true but it can't hurt to do it.

Babies are EXTREMELY sensitive to nitrates and can turn blue and die because of nitrates in water. This is rare but it has happened. That is why you should avoid sodium nitrate.



-Carrie

Our first baby: either Francesca Catherine or Leonardo James. Girl=Frankie, Boy= Leo/Lee/Leon.

HOPEFUL817
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11/13/08 1:00 P

 
 
The reason to not eat lunch meats is both for listeria AND for nitrates, although people are usually not warned about the nitrates thing as much. Heating before eating helps kill the listeria bacteria, but the nitrates are still there, heated or not. You can choose nitrate-free (all natural or organic) lunch meats, and still heat to steaming to get rid of bacteria.

Oh- as far as getting listeria poisoning from not heating the pepperoni you ate, you're probably fine. Nothing to worry about now- just learn and move on!

Edited by: HOPEFUL817 at: 11/13/2008 (13:02)

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11/12/08 10:21 P

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Actually, the reason they tell you not to eat luncheon meats is because of listeria, not nitrates. Not sure is pepperoni is considered a luncheon meat, but probably a good idea to heat it anyway, just to be safe.


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MANDYLOU1
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11/12/08 4:36 P

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I just thought of something today and I am in some shock. Wondering how big of a deal it is. I ate turkey pepperoni in my pasta almost every day for about 4 weeks during my first trimester. I didn't heat it, just cut it up and tossed it in. I looked at the ingredients at the store today and it has nitrates in it which is why they tell you not to eat lunch meat! I am 25 weeks now so there is nothing I can do, but I am kind of freaking out right now. Why didn't I think to read the ingredients or why didn't I heat it up? I guess it's the pregnancy brain, but c'mon....I thought I would be a little more careful than that.


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