Hot dogs are favorite snack to many people and children especially. They are easy and fast to prepare and plus they are delicious.
Of course hot dogs can’t be avoided during the holidays. 4th of July, Labor day, Memorial day and many more when the families gather together, fire up the grill and have picnic. Some researches show that America is the greatest consumer of hot dogs in the world in the past decade. Well why this is not a good data?
According to many studies conducted across America, children who eat more than 12 hot dogs per month have increased risk of developing leukemia or cancer. As well it was proven than children whose parents ate one hot dog a week have increased risk of developing brain tumors.
What’s wrong with hot dogs?
The first thing which is dangerous about the hot dogs are the nitrite additives which are carcinogens.
A study conducted in Los Angeles showed that the intake of certain foods increases the risk of leukemia in children from birth to age 10 in Los Angeles County between 1980 and 1987. Another thing which this study showed to be true is that children eating more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia. A strong risk for childhood leukemia also existed for those children whose fathers’ intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month. Also children born to mothers who consumed hot dogs one or more times per week during pregnancy has approximately double the risk of developing brain tumors.
How could hot dogs cause cancer?
The main problem with hot dogs is the presence of nurites which combine with amines during the cooking process. This leads to creation of carcinogenic compounds. If you think that you can prevent this by not cooking the hot dogs than you are mistaken because these nitrites combine with amines in the human body again converting into carcinogenic compounds.
Some vegetables contain nitrites, do they cause cancer too?
It is true that certain vegetables contain nitrites and that they also combine with amines to form carcinogenic compounds. The trick is that vegetables also contain vitamins C and D which prevent the negative effects from this compounds. This is why vegetables help you reduce the risk of cancer and even kill the malicious cells.
Do other food products contain nitrites?
Yes, all cured meats contain nitrites, for example bacon and fish.
Are all hot dogs a risk for childhood cancer?
There are nitrite free hot dogs on the market but they have different color then the regular ones and that is why they are less popular. But when cooked they are perfectly safe for consumption.
What you need to do:
Avoid the hot dogs which contain nitrite. Read carefully the label and double check for ingredients. Also try to decrease the number of hot dogs consumed per week.
If you market doesn’t sell nitrite free hot dogs file a request in order to provide them.
Contact the school of you children to ask what kind of food they serve in the cafeteria.
Write the FDA and express your concern that nitrite-hot dogs are not labeled for their cancer risk to children. You can mention CPC’s petition on hot dogs, docket #: 95P 0112/CP1.