What is uncured meat?

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Cured products contain sodium nitrite and/or sodium nitrate, which are used to cure and preserve meat. The amount of nitrates and nitrites you ingest when eating cured products is negligible and does not pose any health risk.

The idea to cure meat began with a need to keep meat from spoiling. Salt, and saltpeter, the natural form of potassium nitrate, have been used as preservatives for centuries.

In the United States, meat products are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA defines uncured to indicate products that have not been preserved by adding sodium nitrite, sodium nitrate or a salt cure. So when you see uncured on the label, the label is informing you that the product does not contain added sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite.

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