Sweets. Fix or treat?

We’ve just gone past the ‘trick or treat’ All Hallows’ Eve. That and Clive Pearce’s comment on this post got me thinking about ‘sweets’ and ‘sweeties’: are they the treat they once were, or a ubiquitous nuisance?

Nitrates [Glossary]

When we talk about nitrate in terms of food, it’s the salt potassium nitrate (saltpetre or saltpeter) we are referring to; potassium nitrate is commonly used to cure ham, bacon, sausages and salami. This stops the highly toxic Clostridium botulinum (the bacterium that can cause the rare but deadly botulism) and other nasties from developing.

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