What is Sodium Nitrite?

Sodium Nitrate is one of those chemical we rarely think about, or even know is present, but is used in our everyday foods, such as meats and fish. In the food industry, sodium nitrate is used not only to preserve foods, but also to help meats hold its color. Another very important role of sodium nitrate is to help in preventing the spread of bacteria in foods, which could lead to food illnesses such as botulism. Whether you are having a hot dog, ham, salami, or a hamburger, sodium nitrite is present to not only aid in preservation of color or the spread of bacteria, but also in helping foods taste better.