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Following on from Nice Ham thread - how much better for you is it than packet stuff?

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sphil Mon 06-Jul-09 11:59:22

A few of us on the other thread are keen to know the answer to this. In my case, I need to limit the amount of processed meat we eat, as my mum has bowel cancer and there's a hereditary link sad. I know the saltiness of ham isn't great, but I think (though I don't know for sure) that it's the nitrates (and sulphites??) in processed meat that are the real baddies, which wouldn't be there in ham you cooked yourself.

Anyone a food scientist, or nutritionist, or just know?

AMumInScotland Mon 06-Jul-09 16:24:08

Unfortunately, I believe the nitrates are added to the ham during the curing process, so they will be there in a ham joint which you cook for yourself just as much as in pre-cooked and sliced ham.

I don't know to what extent ham is linked to bowel cancer, but if you've been warned against processed meats, then "nice ham" would have to be included in the warning sad

sphil Tue 07-Jul-09 10:44:13

So if I wanted to avoid nitrates I'd have to do a Hugh F-W and cure my own? Pants!

TsarChasm Tue 07-Jul-09 10:47:22

sad I was interested in the answer to this too.

Oh why do all the nicest foods have to come with the inevitable downer? Home cooked ham is divine.

TsarChasm Tue 07-Jul-09 10:48:27

Also how much ham is too much? I'm worried now. I use it quite often in the dc's packed lunches.

sphil Tue 07-Jul-09 10:49:04

We need to go on one of Hugh's ' Kill and Cook Your own Pig' courses grin

TsarChasm Tue 07-Jul-09 10:51:03

Oh blimey. I'm not sure I want to know the name of the piggy I'm eating. He's so very rustic isn't he, old HFW? There's saomething about him though...(blush)

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