The Role of Nitrate in Human Health

31-01-2013 | Publication

The EU and the World Health Organization apply a drinking water standard for nitrate in drinking water of 50 milligrams per litre. The risks to human health posed by nitrate in drinking water have been an issue of debate for many years. Drinking water is only one - and often a relatively minor - source of nitrate intake. Moreover, several studies also indicate health benefits of nitrate. This article provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on the human health aspects of nitrate.