Only in US there are 7 billion consumers that use hot dogs every day, which makes it the most popular and most enjoyed fast food ever. Due to some new researches, it is the leading cancer-causing fast food responsible for even four types of cancer.
Hot dogs were presented by the German immigrants in the 19th century and gained their popularity fast, so today, they even enjoy an iconic status.
In one report The World Health Organization said that all processed meats can cause cancer, including the red meat.
Hot dogs have pork, beef and chicken. To produce hot dogs, factories use leftovers from cutting steaks or pork chops and ‘edible’ thrash by-products, like animal feet and heads, fatty tissue and skins.
All the ingredients are mixed together during the process. The mixture is boosted with many additives, like sat, corn syrup, nitrates, large salt quantities, and some other chemicals, which are all associated with cancer.
Institutions like the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine says that the risks of hot dogs is on the same level as smoking.
The most harmful additives are nitrates and nitrites, and they are used in production of hot dogs. During the production process, the two aforementioned additives on high heat bind with amines, thus resulting in nitrosamines.
Nitrosamines are connected to several types of cancer, including:
- Bladder cancer
- Colon cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
Due to the American Institute for Cancer Research, people who eat one hot dog a day are at 21% higher risk of colorectal cancer. Even organic hot dogs have nitrite, which is often higher in content than that in regular hot dogs.