Introduced for the first time by German immigrants, hot dogs quickly gained popularity to become one of the most popular fast-food of the 20th and 21st centuries. These elongated sandwiches filled with a sausage accompanied by a little mustard sauce, ketchup or onions are rampant in the true sense of the word.
Popularity aside, these foods are among the most harmful. They can trigger, as demonstrated by recent studies, 4 types of cancers: bladder, colon, stomach and pancreas cancer, known for their very high mortality rate.
According to a recent report by the World Health Organization, all processed foods can cause cancer. Recall that processed food is food that has undergone a chemical or heat treatment or which have been added additives, preservatives, hormones or artificial genetic material.
This is the case of hot dogs whose manufacturing process involves mixing leftover of pork, beef, and chicken, including of course the so-called “consumable-products” such as the legs, heads, fat and even the skin. The mixture is then enriched with a large number of additives, including a large amount of salt, corn syrup, nitrate and other chemicals that are most closely related to cancer.
For greater clarity, these very harmful additives found in the hot dogs are the nitrate and nitrite which, under the effect of an elevated temperature, combine with amines (organic compounds derived from ammonia) to form nitrosamines. They are a family of very dangerous chemical compounds with carcinogenic action on many organs, since 90% of nitrosamines are carcinogenic.
Moreover, organizations such as the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine reports that hot dog consumption has the same impact on our health than that caused by tobacco, whose misdeeds are world famous.
Additionally, a Swedish study that examined the relationship between cancer and the consumption of red meat and especially sausages and bacon, confirms that the nitrite is responsible for the increased risk of colon, stomach, bladder and pancreas cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, eating a hot dog every day increases the risk of cancer by 21%. Unfortunately, organic hot dogs also contain nitrite, sometimes even more than regular hot dog.
To conclude, if you want to preserve your health, it is advisable to adopt a healthy and balanced diet, rich in natural products such as fruits and vegetables, eat red meat in moderation and avoid as much processed foods.