nitrate-free--at a glance

Nitrates are getting a bad rap these days and some of our favorite customers requested that we do our best to remove them from our products. Since we like to think of our customers as family, we did just that. We now offer more than 75 nitrate-free deli meats and all of our cheese and condiments are also 100% nitrate free.

We do our best to be transparent about the ingredients we use so we believe it’s important to share a little more about nitrates and why we use them in some of our products. Nitrates are a type of salt commonly used in making cured meats, like hot dogs or bacon. They help to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and give cured meats their characteristic color and flavor. There are many popular misconceptions about nitrates, although recent research has found that nitrates may even be beneficial for immunity and heart health. Most of the nitrates we get in our diet come from vegetables like spinach and lettuce. And, yes, these are the exact same nitrates found in cured meats.

Regardless of our personal stance on nitrates, we believe you have the right to be fully informed about the ingredients in your food and to be in complete control of your diet. That’s why we’ll always do our best to come through with the products you want and need.


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