Nitrate and Nitrite Contents of Baby Foods

Abstract

Nitrate and nitrite are undesired compounds in foods. Nitrate ion is not directly toxic but it can readily be converted to harmful nitrite ion by microbial reduction. Nitrite can interact with hemoglobin to form methemoglobin by oxidation of ferrous iron (Fe) to the ferric state (Fe), a condition described as methemoglobinemia that is dangerous, especially… (More)

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