What’s wrong with Hot Dogs?

hotDOGSThe hot dog is a favored food amongst many-it is officially “hot dog” season and it’s an American tradition, but is this stick of meat really any good???

I did a search for “nutritional benefits of a hot dog” and I could not find a single article, the reason being there is not one ounce of nutrition in a hot dog.  There are however, many unhealthy things in a hot dog.  I went to the Oscar Meyer website where you can find nutritional information and ingredients for all of their products.  Here are the ingredients for their XXL Hot Dogs Premium as stated on their website:

Beef, water, salt, corn syrup, sodium lactate, dextrose, sodium phosphates, sodium diacetate, flavor, ascorbic acid, extractives of paprika, sodium nitrite.  It also listed that one serving has 740 mg of sodium and 22 grams of fat (1.5 of them being Trans Fat).

I am not even going to get into what kind of “beef” they use but as an FYI stay far away from any package stating “beef by products” or “mechanically separated meat”-trust me you don’t want to know what this is!!!  Do not be fooled if it just says “beef” because technically it can be any part of the animal.  Okay, sorry I said I wasn’t going to go into the BEEF part……

Looking at the ingredients on a hot dog package you can see there are a lot of sodium ingredients the worst of the bunch being SODIUM NITRITE!!  This is a chemical salt that is used as a preservative and gives the meat a recognizable color.  There are dozens of studies that have been done and they have all proven that this chemical is highly toxic to the body.  In the journal BMC Cancer they reveal that children who eat processed meats like hot dogs are 74% more likely to develop leukemia then children who avoid these meats.  The American Institute for Cancer Research published a report based on a 5 year study of 7,000 research articles and then made 10 recommendations to decrease the risks of cancer.  Recommendation #5 stated “avoiding processed meats such as hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meat.”  Another study was done at the University of North Carolina that shows kids who eat hot dogs once a week double their risk of a brain tumor.  Children who are also consuming other processed meats containing sodium nitrites had an 80% higher risk of brain cancer.

The kicker for all of this is that the FDA and the USDA have known about this for years but refuse to ban it from our food supply!  Obviously they are not looking out for our best interests, they are looking out for their own in the form of $$$$.  We have to be informed about the food that we are serving to our families and it is up to us to nourish instead of poison our future generations.

If we found out that a food we were consuming contained small amounts of cyanide there would be news articles and reports all over the media and we would all stop consuming this food because we all know how dangerous cyanide is.  The same holds true for these other chemicals that are put in our foods, they are small doses of poisons- we just aren’t informed how bad they really are.  Sure, one hot dog isn’t going to kill you, but knowing it contains a toxic chemical that could eventually cause harm to our bodies should be enough to ban them from your grocery carts!!!  There is no such thing as a safe dose of a harmful substance!!!

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2 thoughts on “What’s wrong with Hot Dogs?

  1. Hmmmm… couple questions about this one:

    Are brats pretty much the same thing??
    Is turkey bacon in the same category as bacon??
    And lunchmeat?? Really?? What if you get sliced lunchmeat from the deli??

  2. Sorry to say a big fat “YES” to all of your questions……if you look at the ingredients in turkey bacon, lunch meat, brats, and even deli meat there are still nitrites in them and that is the worst ingredient to be putting in our bodies-however, if you just can’t give these things up then buy nitrate and nitrite free deli meat, turkey bacon and brats….I have seen them at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, The Better Health Store in Novi and probably in the finer grocery stores…..I have never seen them at Meijer or Kroger.

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