We all love hot dogs, right? Or, it’s just me? Well, to be honest with you, I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that hot dogs have more than seven million consumers in the US only. This popular fast food has been a subject of severe criticism lately. According to the new findings, the hot dogs are also the foremost cancer causing fast food. It can even lead to four types of cancer! This popular fast food was originally brought by German immigrants in the 19th century. Its popularity was constantly increasing and it became a major landmark of the 21st century. But, ladies and gentlemen, when you look at what goes into hot dogs and how they are made, you might be surprised to find out that this much loved food is lurking with health dangers.
First of all, you should know that hot dogs are nutritionally empty processed foods. There is nothing natural about them and the factories produce them in a highly robotized manner at an astonishing rate of 300,000 hot dogs per hour. In the old (traditional) way, hot dogs are made from a mixture of pork, beef and chicken. Leftovers from cutting steaks or pork chops and ‘edible’ slaughter by-products are used. These include fatty tissue, skins, animal feet and heads. After that, these leftovers are grounded and mixed together into a thick paste. To make the sausages taste good, a plethora of additives is added, including excessive amounts of salt, corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, and other chemicals (in this regard, read my previous article about the top 10 worst ingredients in food). As we said, the manufacturers add different additives and flavorings, and the flavorings vary depending on where the hot dogs are sold, as people in different regions have different tastes. The U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t require manufacturers to list flavorings on the label, so just about anything goes. Flavorings include the infamous monosodium glutamate (MSG) and carmine – a dye from the shells of small beetles, boiled in ammonia or sodium carbonate.
As we mentioned before, this cancer-causing food can lead to four types of cancer. The experts warn that nitrates and nitrites are the next on the list of problematic additives used in hot dogs. How this works – well, in the presence of high heat, they combine with amines in processed meat to form nitrosamines. It’s the nitrosamines that have been linked to cancer – especially colon, bladder, stomach, and pancreas cancer. According to a study, conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research, the experts warn that just one hot dog a day increases your risk for colorectal cancer by 21%. Even organic hot dogs contain nitrite, sometimes even in higher amounts than the conventional hot dogs. Processed meats in general have been shown to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67% in a study by the University of Hawaii.