With billions of consumers, hot dogs are definitely one of the most popular fast foods in the whole world. However, this food seems to be so unhealthy that it may cause 4 different types of c.a.n.c.e.r.
Introduced in the 19th century by the German immigrants, hot dogs gained their popularity and has grown so fast. And now, in the 21st century, they’re the favorite food of people of all ages.
The WHO claimed that all processed meats, including red meat, increase the chances of c.a.n.c.e.r. Hot dogs that was made of slaughter by-products from beef, chicken, and pork are often filled with leftovers from steaks or pork chops, parts of heads and feet of animals, and fatty tissue and skins.
During the production, hot dogs are filled with additives like salt, nitrates, corn syrup, and other chemicals. Unfortunately, these additives have been closely associated with c.a.n.c.e.r. According to a statement by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the risk of c.a.n.c.e.r from hot dogs is the same as the one from smoking.
The nitrates and nitrites are the most harmful substances used in hot dogs. When they are exposed to high heat, they bind with amines and convert to nitrosamines. Nitrosamines have been tied to bladder, colon, stomach, and pancreatic c.a.n.c.e.r. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, people who consume one hot dog per day have an increased chance of colorectal c.a.n.c.e.r by 21%. To make matters worse, even organic hot dogs have nitrite, even in higher amounts that the nonorganic ones.