However, the American Institute for Cancer Research found that the consumption of only one hot dog a day raises your danger for colorectal cancer by 21 percent.
This product is even more dangerous for kids, particularly those who eat more than 12 hot dogs per month, as this puts them at a higher risk of developing childhood leukemia.
These effects are not only linked to children. Fathers who often ate hot dogs before conceiving are more likely to pass cancer to their children. Additionally, pregnant women who ate a hot dog are more likely to have children who will develop a brain tumor.
So, what’s the problem with hot dogs?
Hot dogs are made of animal remains, including fatty tissues and skins, animal feet, heads, and other “edible” butcher by-items. However, they also contain different chemical ingredients including sodium nitrate and nitrite, sodium diacetate, sodium, phosphate, sodium lactate, corn syrup, dextrose, and flavors.
It’s been suggested that the nitrates contained in hot dogs are the cause of these health problems.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, these nitrates act as preservatives to prevent food from spoiling, and they also add color to the meat.
Nitrates and nitrites are not cancer-causing by themselves. But, during certain conditions in the body, the nitrites combine with amines that are naturally present in the meat and form by-products called N-nitroso (nitrosamines and nitrosamides), which is seriously carcinogenic compound.
Vitamin C has been found to be an effective blocking agent for this process of formation of carcinogenic substances, which can help reduce the risk of cancer associated with these chemicals.
How to avoid nitrate-filled foods
- Minimize your consumption of processed foods and cured meat products such as hot dogs, sausage, and cold cuts.
- Check labels carefully and avoid products that list sodium or potassium nitrates and nitrites.
- Eat organic foods
- Eat a diet high in antioxidants and vitamin C, as vitamin C is known to block the conversion of nitrates and nitrites to nitrosamines.