The hot dog is the most popular fast food in the world. It has even more than 7 billion consumers in the US only. But, hot dogs have recently become a subject of debate because there is evidence that this food is closely related to 4 types of cancer. The hot dog was first introduced by the German immigrants back in 19th century. Its popularity has increased with years and now it is the favorite meal of adults and also the children.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued some new reports in which it states that all processed meats, including the red meat, increase the risk of cancer.
Hot dogs are made of ‘edible’ slaughter by-products from beef, pork and chicken. These often include and leftovers from steaks or pork chops, some parts of animal feet and heads, fatty tissue or skins.
In the production process, numerous additives, such as nitrates, and large salt quantities, corn syrup and many other chemicals, most of which have been linked to cancer, are used to enhance the taste of the hot dogs.
According to some institutions like the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the cancer risk from the hot dogs is almost the same as the one from the smoking.
The most dangerous of the substances regularly used in hot dogs are nitrites and nitrates, both of which bind with amines when exposed to high heat, and convert to nitrosamines.
The nitrosamines, have repeatedly been linked to even 4 types of cancer:
– Colon cancer
– Bladder cancer
– Pancreatic cancer
– Stomach cancer
According to The American Institute for Cancer Research, those people who consume only one hot dog a day have an increased risk for colorectal cancer by even 21%. Unfortunately, even and the organic hot dogs contain nitrite, often in much higher amounts than the traditional hot dogs.