Doctors: Stop Feeding Your Kids Hot Dogs Immediately!
Hot dogs are one of the most favorite foods in the world, mainly due to their taste. Even though people know that hot dogs are junk food, they still consume hot dogs and feed their children with them.
But, did you know what else, apart from meat, is used in the production process of hot dogs? Indeed, you will be surprised. Hot dogs are supposed to be made up of chicken, pork, or beef meat. However, they may also include some remains from animals such as skin, fat, claws, or legs.
How Can Hot Dogs Harm Children?
Consumption of hot dogs is not recommendable at all, especially for children because they can be really hazardous and damage their health. Namely, hot dogs are closely connected to a higher risk of developing cancer in children. To be more specific, children who consume 12 (or more) hot dogs monthly, have 9 times higher risk of suffering from leukemia, than the normal risk.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood when the blood-forming organs and the bone marrow increase their production of abnormal, atypical, and premature leukocytes. Therefore, the proper production of blood cells is impeded, which can lead to many symptoms such as anemia.
Furthermore, the main culprit for developing cancer in children who consume hot dogs regularly is the nitrite. It is a content used for preserving processed meats, and it is also used in hot dogs. Apart from prolonging the shelf life, nitrites are used in hot dogs for:
- achieving the appealing pink color;
- adding unique taste and flavor;
- fighting against botulism.
Namely, these nitrites combine with the amines, which are naturally found in meat. And when the hot dogs are heated at really high temperatures during the cooking process, they form a compound called nitrosamine which is extremely carcinogenic.
Therefore, in order to protect your children and their health stop feeding them hot dogs immediately. Instead, prepare them some healthy meals full of vegetables and fruits.