There’s a famous quote attributed to Otto von Bismarck that states, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” The same could very well be true for hot dogs since understanding how the average hot dog is made might turn your stomach. Hot dogs are anything but a health food, and between the preservatives used to keep them from spoiling, and the other chemicals used in their manufacture, you are getting a lot more than you bargained for. These 9 dangers might make you pause before you reach for that package of hot dogs in the supermarket.
1. CANCER RISK
A 2009 report released by American Institute for Cancer Research linked hotdog consumption with cancer. Their report was based on information from more than 7,000 scientific studies. They concluded that a person’s risk of colorectal cancer is raised by 21 percent by eating a single hot dog.
2. “JUNK” MEAT
Sure, hotdog makers might claim that their product is made from 100 percent beef, but what they don’t tell you is what cuts of meat they used. Hotdogs are usually made by using the carcass of an animal that has already been stripped of its desirable cuts of meat. Then they boil it, grind it up into a paste, add a variety of artificial flavorings and other chemical additives before adding binders, and then extruding the “mush” into links.
Hotdogs often contain a lot more than just “meat.” Many of them are full of “fillers,” which often translates to things like dried milk, cereal grains, corn syrup, maltodextrin, and modified food starch.
People on low-sodium diets should pay particular attention to the fact that many hot dogs contain high levels of sodium. One hotdog may have almost 700 mg of sodium, which is almost a third of the total recommended daily allowance.
Most people who know about the dangers of eating hot dogs are probably familiar with the nitrate and nitrite preservatives in them. In addition to those, hotdogs may also contain other preservatives such as sodium erythorbate, sodium diacetate, potassium lactate, and sodium phosphates.