It is estimated that over 7 billion hot dogs are consumed annually in the U.S alone.
This fast food is also known to give consumers four types of cancer according to studies. The World Health Organization (WHO) has also stated on numerous occasions that red meat and indeed processed meat for which hot dogs are classified under are cancer causing agents.
German immigrants introduced this popular fast food to the American public in the early 19th century and they made hot dogs by mixing pork, chicken and beef.
This days because of the high individual and commercial demand for hot dogs they are made with animal feet, heads, skins, fatty tissue, pork chops and even left over steaks.
Hot Dog Production Process
–Hot dog production usually involves the grinding and mixing of all the condiments to derive a very thick paste.
–Subsequently a lot of additives are added to this mixture, some of which include; corn syrup, large amounts of sodium, nitrates, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and many other chemical which are known carcinogenic compounds.
–The resultant hot dog is what we now consume.
Hot dogs have been ranked at the same level as cigarettes by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and with the same health risks as smokers.
The nitrate and nitrite additives in hot dogs are extremely dangerous.
During the production process the nitrates and nitrites combine with amines when subjected to high temperature to form nitrosamines.
Nitrosamines have been directly linked to several cancers and tumors including;
-Colon cancer and
The American Institute for Cancer Research has stated that people that eat a single hot dog daily have a 21% risk of acquiring colorectal cancer.
With this knowledge it is advisable that you stay clear of hot dogs even the organic ones as they are no better as they are believed to have mire nitrites than the conventional ones.