9 EYE-OPENING DANGERS OF HOT DOGS

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

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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

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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.

3. FILLERS

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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.

4. SODIUM

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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.

5. PRESERVATIVES

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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.

6. ‘FLAVORINGS’ UNLEASHED

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Consumers have come to expect that they can simply glance at a food label and find out exactly what’s in the food they are purchasing. That’s true to an extent, but when you see ingredients like “flavorings,” almost anything goes. Flavorings can include things like various artificial flavorings, MSG, and carmine, which is an ingredient made from the shells of small beetles. Yum!

7. QUALITY CONTROL

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When it comes to making hotdogs, it might be difficult for quality control inspectors to keep up with production. A large hot dog manufacturing operation can churn out more than a quarter of a million hot dogs in a single hour. Some ingredients that have been found in hotdogs include razor blades, metal fragments, glass shards, maggots, rat legs, Band-Aids, and pieces of eyeballs

8. KIDS LOVE THEM

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To many parents, this may sound like a good thing, but having your kids crave hotdogs is not something that will benefit their health. Don’t be fooled. Hot dog manufacturers know full-well how unhealthy their products are, and they continue to use advertising that targets kids because the only thing that really matters to them is the bottom line.

9. CHOKING RISK

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It’s not surprising, given the chewy and sometimes rubbery consistency of hotdogs, that they present a choking risk to young children. Up to 17 percent of all choking cases in children are caused by hot dogs, and as many as 80 kids each year die after choking on a hotdog.