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Sodium Nitrite

  • Q what is the difference between sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate?

    A Nitrate is made up of one nitrogen atom and three oxygen atoms while nitrite is made up of one nitrogen atoms and only two oxygen atoms. They only differ by one oxygen atom, yet they are found in different environments .
  • Q What is nitrite used for?

    A Sodium nitrate should not be confused with sodium nitrite, which is also a commonfood additive and preservative used, for example, in deli meats. Less common applications include as an oxidizer in fireworks, replacing potassium nitrate commonly found in black powder, and as a component in instant cold packs.
  • Q Is Sodium Nitrite a base?

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    Sodium nitrite, NaNO2, is a base. Because it is an ionic compound, it contains an anion. Because the anion nitrite, NO2-, is not on the list of neutral or acidic anions, it isbasic. The only common strong base anion is hydroxide, so compounds containing thenitrite ion must be weak bases.
     
     
     

  • Q Is sodium nitrite bad for you?

    A The preservative sodium nitrite fights harmful bacteria in ham, salami and other processed and cured meats and also lends them their pink coloration. However, under certain conditions in the human body, nitrite can damage cells and also morph into molecules that cause cancer.
  • Q Is sodium nitrite toxic?

    A
    Toxicity. While this chemical will prevent the growth of bacteria, it can be toxic in high amounts for animals and humans.
     
     

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