Nitrate and human health

@article{Addiscott2004NitrateAH,
  title={Nitrate and human health},
  author={T. M. Addiscott and Nigel Benjamin},
  journal={Soil Use and Management},
  year={2004},
  volume={20}
}
Abstract. Nitrate is widely and mistakenly perceived to threaten human health by causing methaemoglobinaemia in infants and stomach cancer in adults, but it does cause environmental problems. Methaemoglobinaemia is a side‐effect of gastroenteritis and is not caused by nitrate but by nitric oxide, which is produced in a defensive reaction stimulated by gastroenteritis. The latter may be caused by a bacterium or a virus. The association of methaemoglobinaemia with nitrate may have arisen because… 

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