That perfectly pink, plump hot dog… marginally singed and hot off the barbecue… put on a warm toasty bun… furthermore, fresh kraut, relish, mustard, and ketchup. Ahhh, the scrumptious recollections of childhood!
But, and not to pop your “hot dog casing” – but as it turns out, hot dogs are actually quite dangerous. As per LiveStrong, they are regularly high in fat (and not the great fat), have high amounts of cholesterol, contain heaps of salt, and are kept “crisp” with an assortment of preservatives. It may be no surprise that hot dogs aren’t good for our waistlines – but it’s what doctors have discovered they do to our children’s health that’s absolutely frightening.
Hot dogs are killing our children in ways you probably weren’t aware of – and are entitled to know about.
This meat product contains additives which prevent botulism, lengthen the product’s shelf life, and give them their pinkish color (otherwise they would have a gray appearance). We call these “helpful” additives nitrites, and they are absolutely harmful, dangerous and sometimes even deadly. LiveStrong explains that nitrites are associated with an increased cancer risk – raising the risk nine times in children who consume more than 12 hot dogs per month.
The Daily Health Post shared the findings of hot dog consumption studies which were conducted:
“Children who ate hot dogs one or more times per week were also at higher risk of brain cancer.”
“There was a strong risk for childhood leukemia for children whose fathers’ intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month before conception.”
“Children born to mothers who consumed hot dogs one or more times per week during pregnancy had approximately double the risk of developing brain tumors.”
Picnics, baseball games, backyard BBQs, 4th of July gatherings, the fair – hot dogs have always been a celebration staple. However, consuming them may be less-innocent and more-dangerous than we had previously been led to believe.
Think hot dogs were “born” looking the way they do? Think again! Before they make their way to your plate, they’ve been through the works – literally!
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