How Hot Dogs Can Damage your Body
National Hot Dog Day is a day wherein hot dogs are delivered to every starving American for a discounted price or free. This unofficial holiday is celebrated in the month of July. To honor this made up food holiday, Burger King sells its classic grilled hot dogs for only 79 cents for the whole month of July. On the other hand, you can get a Sonic hot dog for only a dollar at any of their Drive-In locations. The problem is that a hot dog is not the most healthy food option out there.
Hotdogs are widely popular in ballparks, especially during summer. However, the hotdog is not popular among the health conscious. This is because hot dogs have low nutritional value and how this food is being processed in the factory.
A regular pork hot dog has 18 grams of total fat, 620 grams of sodium and it packs a total of 204 calories. These numbers are before condiments like mustard, ketchup and relish are added.
Moreover, eating too many hot dogs can result in various diseases. Just like other processed meats, hot dogs are said to cause cancer, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and even death.
Based on the study done on 1,660 individuals, it has been found that people who eat hot dogs are more likely to acquire bladder cancer. Meanwhile, a 2015 study revealed that eating processed foods, in general, can increase your risk of getting type 2 diabetes compared to those who eat red meat.
The primary concern of many health professionals when talking about hot dogs is their excessive amount of nitrates and preservatives. These additives help in giving the hot dog more color and longer shelf life. When ingested, nitrates can interact with other substance in the body and can turn into nitrite, a substance known to cause cancer.
Nitrates and nitrites have caused a huge stir among consumers that wiener icon Oscar Mayer has decided to officially get rid of artificial preservatives and additives from its hot dogs.