Fresh meat versus processed meat: Here's why it matters. I learned about this about ten years ago, can't recall the source, however; I have avoided all processed meats since then, and don't miss them at all. Except for bacon, which you can now buy uncured by Hormel, that contains no nitrates, nitrites, or other preservatives. Apart from being able to buy pork directly from an organic farmer, there is nothing else on the market for bacon at least, that I have found. If anyone else has any suggestions email me please.