Yes, ladies and gentlemen, doctors have made it clear – you should stop feeding their children with hot dogs immediately! Just take a look at the following article and learn more about this! A recent study has found that children who eat more than 12 hot dogs a month are approximately 9 times more likely to get leukemia. This study has also shown that pregnant women who eat an individual hot dog per week are likely to give birth to a child who will develop a brain tumor.
The million dollar question – what is the problem
Well, experts say that nitrites and nitrates used as preservatives in cured meats such as bacon, salami, sausages and hot dogs. Nitrites can be formed from nitrates, react with naturally occurring components of proteins called amines. And, this reaction can form nitrosamines, which are known cancer-causing compounds. Nitrosamines can be formed into nitrite or nitrate-treated meat or in the digestive tract. A recent study has linked nitrites to stomach cancer (IARC 2010). Some data also suggest an association with esophageal cancer; one study showed an increased risk in people who eat cured meats more frequently (Rogers 1995; Mayne 2001). And you’ll be surprised when we tell them that there is also evidence that nitrites may be associated with brain cancers and thyroid, but a causal link has not been established (Preston-Martin 1996; Pogoda 2001; Aschebrook -Kilfoy 2013; IARC 2010).
A group of experts from the International Agency of the World Health Organization for Research on Cancer, in 2010, declared that ingested nitrates and nitrites are probable human carcinogens. The Evaluation Office of Environmental Health Hazard California is currently considering the list of nitrite in combination with amines or amides as a known carcinogen.
Note: You should know that some nutrients, such as spinach and other leafy green vegetables are naturally rich in nitrates, but human studies on the intake of nitrate from vegetables have already found is no association with stomach cancer or decreased risk (IARC 2010).