12. Hot Dogs
To many people, hot dogs are as American as apple pie or baseball. Based on the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans eat 818 hot dogs every second between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and that’s around seven billion hot dogs.
Hot dogs are affordable, they are easy to grill, easy to eat with one hand and are often associated with good time and excellent condiments. A lot of people are awed by the taste.
Just that hot dogs are popular doesn’t mean they’re healthy. What is the real truth? Should you eat hot dogs with moderation, or you shouldn’t at all? What are the findings of the science?
Up to 80% of calories found in hot dogs are derived from fat. A large portion of it is unhealthy saturated kind. The habit of eating processed meats, such as hot dogs, is associated with a higher risk of heart disease as well as colon cancer. Switch out your hot dogs with healthy turkey or chicken sausages – you will get less fat and higher quality protein.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) conducted an examination of more than 800 research studies from 10 nations to study the link between processed meats, processed foods, and the development of colorectal cancer. Researchers discovered it was found that eating 50 grams of processed meat a day, or even one hot dog, could increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.
The chance of a child developing a brain tumor after having one hot dog every week, is 7 times more than the chance of developing one because of constantly using a cell phone. Hot dogs are also a factor in increasing the chance of having leukemia in childhood by 950%.
Each hot dog you consume increases the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. People who consume the highest amount of processed meats face 20 to 30% higher chance of developing diabetes for every 2-ounce portion of processed meats consumed per day. It’s only one hot dog a day, which isn’t an impressive amount.
Hot dogs also are high in nitrates as well as nitrites. Two nitrosamine-forming substances that can cause harm to the pancreatic cells which produce insulin. The saturated fats found in hot dogs can cause insulin resistance.
Hot dogs can contain ingredients that can cause people to experience allergies. This isn’t at all surprising, considering the fact that hot dogs are made up of an array of ingredients.
Many people are allergic to the various meat trimmings that are used on hot dogs. Other food dyes like tartrazine, or additives like nitrates and nitrites.
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