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Food Addit Contam. 1994 Jul-Aug;11(4):519-32.

Nitrate and nitrite in foods and the diet.

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  • 1Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, London, UK.


Concentrations of nitrate and nitrite have been determined in a range of foods and the dietary intake estimated from the MAFF Total Diet Study. The estimated dietary intake of nitrate ion for the UK population was 54 mg/day and the estimated dietary intake of nitrite ion was in the range 2.4-4.2 mg/day in 1985. The main source of nitrate in the diet is from the consumption of vegetables.

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