Every kid loves hot dogs. Every mother loves making them for her child because they are quick and easy to make, and budget friendly. They are perfect with so many side dishes, such as mac and cheese and baked beans. They go great at a picnic.
Did you know that each year 155 million hot dogs are consumed by Americans alone on the Forth of July holiday? Or that 7 billion are eaten between Memorial day and Labor day each year?
However, there are some scary stats for children that eat this meal. Children that are allowed to eat more than 12 hot dogs in a month are nine times more likely to develop childhood leukemia? Or that children born to mothers who ate at least one hot dog per week during pregnancy double their risk of developing brain tumors. This is the same as those children whose father ate hot dogs become conception.
Hot dogs contain nitrates, which form carcinogens. It has been found that children that eat one or more per week have a higher risk of brain cancer. The nitrates are used in hot dogs to preserve them. These nitrates can combine with amine in the body to form N-nitro so compounds.
These are also referred to as carcinogens and have been linked with urinary, bladder, stomach, brain, esophagus and oral cavity cancers.
Nitrates are also found in vegetables, but consuming vegetables has proven to be beneficial to reducing the effects of these cancers. Many vegetables contain vitamin C and D, which will inhibit the growth of these cancers.
To protect yourself and your child from hot dogs, follow these tips:
- Buy nitrate free hot dogs.
- Do not consume more than 12 hot dogs per month.
- Request that the school cafeteria do not serve hot dogs with nitrates in them.
- Write to the FDA and state that nitrate labeled hot dogs should be labeled as a cancer risk for children.