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Cheryl
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Posted on Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 12:54 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hello all! I am relatively new and learning fast.

There is a ham at Whole Foods that doesn't have anything extra in it - ok to use or not?
LisaS
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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 8:06 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What do you mean by "anything extra?" What is the actual ingredient list?

Our family does well with the Niman Ranch Applewood smoked uncured ham and all of the Beeler's products I've seen around here. I have them check ingredients each time, just in case. We avoid anything with dextrose, carrageenan, etc.

I've heard that some people that react very strongly to nitrites avoid celery extracts which are basically a natural nitrite source, but I don't as we don't react to it and it's everywhere.
AdaLovelace
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Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 9:22 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I eat, on occasion, organic Applegate Sunday Bacon. It contains some sugar, salt, and celery powder for flavor. :-)

I don't trust all Applegate products, though. This is one of the only ones I eat because the ingredients are clean.
LisaS
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Posted on Monday, May 20, 2013 - 7:34 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

All of the Applegate Farms deli meat have carrageenan now. For a while the whole, non-prepackaged ones at the deli did not have it, but last time I looked none of them were safe (we avoid dextrose too though we haven't correlated it directly with symptoms -- do others react to that? it would open up so many options...)

The other thing to watch for in meats, that I'm seeing more and more, is "spice extractives" - had one of my worst migraines ever from a couple bites of a hot dog where that was the only suspicious ingredient. (though I did have 3 oz of red wine that probably contributed a little bit too...but I'm convinced it was the spice extractives.

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