When I was a kid, we loved hot dogs! It was a great easy snack that we could just pop into the microwave after school. On nights when mom was at work, my dad used to make our favorite- Hot dogs cut up in Mac & Cheese. Oh man, those were the good ole days, haha!
And of course there’s those great picnics like on the 4th of July when dad would fire up the grill. The Fourth of July is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year, with Americans downing an estimated 155 million wieners. Although Americans eat hot dogs all year long, we eat an estimated seven billion between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Yes, so what’s the big deal?
According to a L.A. Times article:
Children who eat more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia, a USC epidemiologist has reported in a cancer research journal. Two other reports in the same issue of Cancer Causes and Control suggest that children born to mothers who eat at least one hot dog per week during pregnancy have double the normal risk of developing brain tumors, as do children whose fathers ate hot dogs before conception.
Nitrates in Hot Dogs
Concerned? you should be. The following information is from the Cancer Prevention Coalition via http://www.preventcancer.com
Q. What’s wrong with hot dogs?
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