Hot Dog Cancer Risks

We often grab a hot dog when in a hurry. However, the consumption of hot dogs becomes more and more popular every year on American holidays. It has been estimated that during Memorial Day and Labor day, people eat 7 billion hot dogs.
The fact that this fast food becomes part of a daily diet is terrifying since nitrite additives in the hot dogs can lead to carcinogens. Also, this food can trigger cancer in children. Children consuming more than 12 hot dogs a month face 9 times the normal risk of developing leukemia. Also, the children whose fathers eat 12 or more hot dogs a month are at risk of developing leukemia. In addition, children whose mothers ate 1 or more hot dogs a week while pregnant have a double risk of developing brain tumors. All of the above has been discovered in a study.

What is the link between hot dogs and cancer?

Hot dogs’ nitrites are used as preservatives to combat botulism. While cooking, the nitrates mix with amines, which are compounds present in meat and create carcinogenic N-nitriso compounds. These compounds are linked to cancer of the oral cavity, brain, urinary bladder, stomach, and esophagus.
Many vegetables contain nitrites, such as spinach, green lettuce, and celery but they are not dangerous. They can even decrease the risk of cancer. The vegetables that have these compounds are rich in vitamin C and vitamin D, which reduce the formation of N-nitroso compounds.
Nitrites are also present in all cured meats, and fish and bacon are not an exception.
However, nitrite is not present in all dogs. Both hot dogs with and without nitrites have the same taste, but the color is different. The hot dogs that do not have nitrate are not that popular because of their brownish color.

Things to remember:
  • Avoid hot dogs that contain nitrite. Do not eat 12 or more hot dogs a month.
  • If you are buying hot dogs, ask for nitrate-free hot dogs.
  • Contact the FDA to express your distress about nitrite hot dogs and their correlation with cancer risk.

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