We know that your kids love hot dogs because it is a great snack after school that you could just pop into your microwave. You are eating hot dogs on every holiday of the year and almost every day at lunches, dinners…
According to the article published in the L.A. Times, children who eat 12 hot dogs or more per month have almost 9 times the normal risk of childhood leukemia, reported the USC epidemiologist in the cancer research journal.
Two other reports of the Cancer Causes and Control advise that children born to mothers who were eating minimum 1 hot dog per week during the pregnancy have a double risk of developing brain tumors, and also the children whose fathers before the conception ate hot dogs.
Are you concerned about the nitrates in the hot dogs? You have to be.
The nitrite additives in this food form carcinogens.
Three studies in the past year have come out finding that the eating of hot dogs can be a risk factor for cancer developed during the childhood.
Peters et al, studied the connection between the consumption of certain foods and the risk of developing leukemia in children from babies to the age of 10 between 1980 and 1987 in Los Angeles County. The study discovered that those children who were eating more than 12 hot dogs in a month have 9 times the normal risk of developing leukemia in the childhood. Also a strong risk for leukemia existed for the children whose fathers ate more than 12 hot dogs in one month.
Researchers Savitz and Sarusua in Denver examined the childhood cancer cases and discovered that those children who were born to mothers who ate hot dogs one or more per week during the pregnancy has double the risk of brain tumors. Also those children who consumed hot dogs one or more per week were at a higher risk of developing brain cancer.
Bunin et al, also discovered that the consumption of hot dogs of the mother during the pregnancy was connected with a higher risk of childhood brain tumors.
How the hot dogs are causing cancer?
Hot dogs contain high amount of nitrites that are used as a preservative, mostly to fight botulism. During the process of cooking, the nitrates mix with amines that are present in the meat, to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. It is suspected that the nitrites also can mix with the amine in the stomach to form those N-nitroso compounds. These N-nitroso compounds are carcinogens and also have been connected with cancer of the urinary bladder, oral cavity, brain, stomach and esophagus.
Do the vegetables that contain nitrites also cause cancer?
The nitrites can be found in many green vegetables, especially celery, spinach and green lettuce. But, the consumption of the vegetables looks to be effective in lowering the risk of cancer. Now you are wondering how is this possible? The answer lies in the building of N-nitroso compounds from amines and nitrites. The nitrite in the vegetables has also Vitamin D and c that serve to inhibit the building of N-nitroso compounds. The vegetables are healthy and quite safe and they can reduce the risk of cancer.
You are wondering, do the other food products have nitrites? The answer is yes, because all cured meats contain nitrites, and this includes the fish and bacon.
Are all hot dogs a risk for cancer in the childhood?
No, because not all hot dogs contain nitrites. Because of the refrigeration methods now, the nitrites are used more for that red color that they produce than for preservation. The nitrite-free hot dogs taste the same as those hot dogs that contain nitrite, but they have a brownish color and that has limited their popularity. The nitrite-free hot dogs are healthy and safe when cooked.
Here we have 4 tips for you:
- Don’t purchase hot dogs that contain nitrite. It is important that the parents and children don’t consume more than 12 per month of these hot dogs.
- Ask your favorite supermarket to have hot dogs without nitrite.
- Contact the local school board and discover whether the kids are being served hot dogs with nitrite in the cafeteria, and ask them to use just hot dogs without nitrite.
- You can write the FDA and show you worry that hot dogs that contain nitrite are not labeled for the risk of cancer to children. Also you can mention CPC’s petition on hot-dogs, docket #:95P 0112/CP1.