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