Hotdogs as we typically know them are a carryover from the German "frankfurters," or pork sausages served in a bun. Hotdogs are now available in beef, beef and pork mixtures and even turkey or chicken.
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 recent study shows that consuming hot dogs are being linked to having cancer especially in children.
According to placeholder 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.
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.
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.