Today, a huge number of health specialists have negative opinion about this food although this is one of the most consumed foods in modern times. According to some statistics, more than 7 million people in the US alone eat hot dogs on a regular basis. On the other hand, the latest scientific studies have confirmed that hot dogs belong to the group of foods that can lead to the emergence of four different kinds of cancer.
Originally brought by German immigrants in the 19th century, hot dogs became one of the most popular foods in the 21st century.
Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report indicating that all processed meats can cause cancer, including red meat as well.
Hot dogs also belong into this group. More specifically, they are made of a mixture of pork, beef and chicken. In order to cut on costs, manufacturers often use leftovers from steaks or pork chops along with ‘edible’ animal parts, such as animal feet and heads, fatty tissue and skins.
The production process involves grinding and mixing all the ingredients together to form a thick paste. Afterwards, this mixture is enhanced with an abundance of additives, including large salt quantities, corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), nitrates, and other chemicals, most of which have been linked to cancer.
Many experts believe that eating hot dogs is a risk factor similar to smoking when it comes to the emergence of cancer. They also say that nitrites and nitrates are the most harmful compounds found in hot dogs. These additives interact with amines while the hot dogs are processed at high temperatures and create so-called nitrosamines. Nitrosamines on the other hand are associated with numerous cancers including bladder, pancreatic, colon and stomach cancer.
Moreover, the AICR (American Institute for Cancer Research) reported that individuals who eat only one hot dog per day have 20% more chances to experience colorectal cancer.
Finally, you must be very careful because even hot dogs that are advertised as organic are packed with nitrite and there are reports that many organic hot dogs have more nitrites compared to ordinary hot dogs.
The video below demonstrates how hot dogs are actually made: