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Cured vs Uncured

pepperoni

Have you noticed that pepperoni is either “cured” or “uncured”? But what does that mean exactly?

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But first, back up. What is Pepperoni?

Pepperoni is a type of salami, traditionally made from a mixture of finely ground pork and/or beef. Usually it is seasoned paprika, garlic, and black pepper.

However, what sets cured and uncured pepperoni apart is the preservation process and the ingredients used to preserve it.

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Cured pepperoni undergoes a curing process involving sodium nitrite/nitrate, and salt.  Chemical preservatives inhibit bacterial growth and contribute to the pink color of the meat and also increase shelf life. 

Uncured pepperoni is made without the use of synthetic nitrates. Instead, ingredients like celery powder or celery juice, which contain naturally occurring nitrates. These natural ingredients help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

High amounts of synthetic nitrates have been linked to increased risk of cancer.

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In addition, cured pepperoni often has other synthetic chemical ingredients that have concerning health effects.

Benefits of Cured Pepperoni

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Uncured pepperoni doesn’t have synthetic nitrates or nitrites. These synthetic curing agents found in cured peppeorni have been linked to various health risks and increased risk of cancer. 

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Uncured pepperoni doesn’t have artificial chemicals or additives. Uncured pepperoni is a more natural version of pepperoni that uses natural ingredients that are better for your body.

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Flavor. In my opinion, uncured pepperoni has a fresher taste than it’s artificial counterpart of cured pepperoni. You can be the judge yourself, but I always think that fresh, natural foods taste better.

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