The most popular fast food in the world is a hot dog. Especially is popular for kids. This is a highly and nutrient-depleted product.
According to American Institute for Cancer Research, hot dog increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%. People who eat this know that and they’d surely reconsider their breakfast menu. But, have you ever wondered if this popular type of fast food is healthy for you? Hot dogs aren’t only unhealthy they can cause numerous life threatening ailments as well.
According to one study, nitrites have been associated to esophageal and different types of digestive cancers. The future researches will show the evidence that these compounds may be related to brain and thyroid cancer.
If you eat more than 12 hot dog per month, you are exposed on higher risk of various diseases, including leukemia. This food is even more dangerous for kids. Especially for pregnant women who eat hot dog are more likely to give birth to a child that may develop brain tumor. This is shown how dangerous can be hot dogs.
This is a short list of chemical ingredients which hot dogs contain, Think of this list:
- Mechanically separated turkey
- Sodium ascorbate
- Sodium lactate
- Mechanically separated chicken
- Sodium diacetate
- Corn syrup
- Sodium phosphates
- Sodium nitrite
- Less than 2% of salt
What’s the problem?
When hot dogs are cook and exposed to high temperatures during production, nitrites react with amines and they forms nitrosamines. Their compounds are dangerous to cancer-causing and have serious consequences on your health. These compounds can form in your digestive tract and may cause a lot of damage.
Nitrates can do the following:
- They protect the pinkish meat coloration. Without them, the meat would appear grayish.
- Nitrates can add a characteristic flavor.
- They ward off against Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria is responsible for botulism. It is a dangerous disease that causes muscular and respiratory paralysis.
The main problem with hot dogs is their high nitrite and nitrate content. These compounds are present in many types of processed foods: bacon, sausages, salami and of course, hot dogs. Experts from the WHO (World Health Organization) have declared nitrites and nitrates as probable carcinogens. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard is currently considering listing nitrosamines as carcinogens. This is why you should stay away from hot dogs and keep out of your food list. You should immediately focus on healthy food.