- Sodium nitrate in particular is key, for this compound acts as a preservative, while providing the bright pink color. Otherwise, Spam would be brown.
- Unfortunately, sodium nitrate causes cancer.
- Hormel says it has always maintained high standards in their products and insist they use pork shoulder. Further, the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not permit pig snouts, lips and ears in lunchmeat.
- However, shadow companies have been formed by Hormel, and they are the ones that supply products from the heads of pigs. But this, apparently, is not illegal, for Spam is not deemed by this partnership to be lunchmeat. Don't believe this? Read that Mother Jones article.
- Of course the pig skull is thrown away, but the brains are collected and sent to China. For what? You don't want to know.
Possible short-term side effects
Possible long-term side effects
- Might be so-called as a contraction of spicy ham.
- Comes from Austin, Minnesota, where there is a Spam museum. It is about 100 miles south of St. Paul.
- Is the source of spam mail, inspired by a 1970 Monty Python sketch, meaning both of ubiqiutous and inescapable. McDonald's serves Spam in Hawaii.
- You don't need to cook it.
- 7 billion cans/year are sold in 41 countries.
- Hot dogs have more mystery meat than Spam.
- Can be stored for a very, very, very long time.