Caribbean Fever - Your ONLY destination to all things Caribbean and more
Doctors advise you to quit giving your children hot dogs! Hot dogs are the favorite food of millions of people, especially in America where they are all around us and are even sold at sporting events and festivals.
Research has shown that that on the 4th of July alone every year, Americans consume more than 155 million hot dogs. That is a rather scary number.
Research has shown that children who consume more than a dozen hot dogs in a month have a 9% increased risk of leukemia. If the father has frequently eaten hotdogs before conceiving, his child has an increased increased risk of cancer.
Moreover, if the mother during the pregnancy consumes more than 1 hot dog a week, there is an increased risk that her child will get a brain tumor.
The reason for these severe adverse effects from the consumption of hot dogs lies in nitrite additives, which are added in their production in order to prevent botulism.
Yet, during the cooking process, these nitrites get combined with the amines in the meat and create an extremely dangerous cancer-causing compound, known as N-nitroso.
Therefore, if hot dogs are just your favorite food and you cannot completely avoid them, you should definitely limit the portions or use only nitrite-free meats.