Nitrate and Man: Toxic, Harmless or Beneficial?

Nitrate and Man: Toxic, Harmless or Beneficial?

by CABI, Jean L'Hirondel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0851995667

ISBN-13: 9780851995663

Pub. Date: 11/28/2001

Publisher: CAB International North America

Nitrate is ubiquitous. It is present in water, soil, plants and food, and is also a normal human metabolite. The main external sources of nitrate are vegetables and drinking water. This book examines the relationship between nitrates and human health.

During the last 50 years or so, nitrate has been feared as the source of the rare condition called

Overview

Nitrate is ubiquitous. It is present in water, soil, plants and food, and is also a normal human metabolite. The main external sources of nitrate are vegetables and drinking water. This book examines the relationship between nitrates and human health.

During the last 50 years or so, nitrate has been feared as the source of the rare condition called methaemoglobinaemia, or “blue baby syndrome”, for young infants. Nitrate has also been implicated with causing cancer, through increased formation of carcinogenic compounds. Both claims are based on dubious evidence. This book sets out research results to disprove these assumptions, and goes on to explore the beneficial effects of nitrate in preventing infections, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It is essential reading for researchers in medicine, and those in agriculture and food industries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780851995663
Publisher:
CAB International North America
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Cabi Publishing Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.75(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

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