Stop feeding your kids hot dogs!According to new research, children who consume over a dozen hot dogs a month are nine times more likely to develop leukemia. Leukemia is a blood cancer where the bone marrow and other blood-forming organs produce increased numbers of immature or abnormal leukocytes. These suppress the production of normal blood cells, leading to anemia and other symptoms. According to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, over 24,000 people are expected to die from leukemia in 2015. These effects are not only linked to children. Fathers who often ate hot dogs before conceiving are more likely to pass cancer to their children and pregnant women who ate a hot dog are more likely to have children who will develop a brain tumor.
Why are hot dogs so dangerous?Wikipedia It all has to do with nitrates. Nitrates are used to preserve meat so that it has a longer shelf life. According to Fooducate, nitrates also do the following:
- They maintain the pinkish meat coloration. Without them, the meat would appear grayish.
- They add a characteristic flavor.
- They ward off against Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria responsible for botulism, which is a dangerous disease that causes respiratory and muscular paralysis.
"Unfortunately, when cooked or broken down in the stomach, nitrites form nitrosamines (also called N-Nitroso Compound), which can cause cancer in young children and pregnant women."Nitrates can also be found in vegetables that are grown in fertilizers, but many of these vegetables come with their own compounds that fight nitrosamine production.
"Spinach, beets, lettuce, celery, parsley, and cabbage are naturally high in nitrates. The level of naturally occurring nitrites is determined by the plant’s genetics, age, and also the amount of nitrate in the soil where the crops were farmed. Due to increased use of nitrate fertilizers in the last century, these figures are high. But don’t stop eating these veggies, many of them also contain vitamin C, naturally limiting the formation of the toxic nitrosamines." - Fooducate