They are undesirable substances, harmful for human health. The ingestion of a large quantity can cause gastric problems, hives and rashes and other reactions or illnesses.
They are used as chemical fertilizers in intensive agriculture. Other sources of nitrates include septic tank leakage, livestock manure, and erosion of natural deposits.
Tasteless, colorless and odorless
These tasteless, colorless and odorless nitrates get absorbed by plant roots, but their excessive use pollutes water tables and aquifers and eventually contaminates our bottled water. Nitrates are heavy oxidants that are harmful to humans and have been found to have short-term and long-term health effects. Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) = 10 mg/L (according to EPA and FDA.)
In many European countries,
legislation requires bottled water brands
to clearly label their nitrate levels.
Is the maximum level recommended for babies and expecting mothers.
of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) recommended for adults.