"A hot dog a day will bring you to an early grave."
Though, hot dogs provide several nutrients to your body, there are dangers in it which generally lie in their fat, sodium and preservative content.
A few studies show that consuming hot dogs are being linked to having cancer especially in children.
How could hot dogs cause cancer?
Eating a hot dog every day can increase your risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. It's as bad for you as smoking. All processed meats like hot dogs can also increase your risk for diabetes, heart disease, and various types of cancer.
Hot dogs contain nitrites which are used as preservatives, primarily to combat botulism. During the cooking process, nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic compounds and have been associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain.
Hot dogs are extruded from a ground-up slurry of animal carcass, including fatty tissues and skins, animal feet, heads, and other “edible” slaughter by-products.
To make hot dogs safe and palatable, a mélange of binders, fillers, flavorings, and preservatives are added, including corn syrup, nitrates, MSG, and other synthetic chemicals.
What you can do to prevent it?
If you are really a big fan of hot dogs, you will be glad to know that not all hot dogs contain nitrites. Though they are not as popular as the red one, brown hot dogs are considered to be nitrite-free,thus, safer and much healthier.