You will be definitely shocked to find out that hot dog, one of the most widely eaten foods, contains extremely harmful substances.
Americans consume over 7 billion hot dogs every summer, which makes this food one of the most popular ones. Hot dogs have been introduced in America back in the 19t century by the German immigrants and they have become extremely popular ever since. However, it has been shown that hot dogs have an extremely harmful effect on the overall health.
In fact, sausages are highly processed food without any nutritional value, due to the fact that they don’t contain anything organic. They are produced in factories with the help of robotized machines which have the ability to produce over 300.000 hot dogs annually.
Hot dogs comprise chicken, beef, and pork meat. However, producers often use “edible” leftovers from steak or pork, which means that hot dogs also contain fatty tissue, skin, feet, and hands.
The process goes like this: producers combine the leftovers to create a thick paste. Then, lots of additives, such as nitrites, salt, corn syrup, and MSG (monosodium glutamate) are added, in order to refine the taste.
The amount of additives is determined by the area for which hot dogs are produced, as people from different places have different tastes. When it comes to monosodium glutamate and carmine, these flavors are made of dye from the shells of beetles which are afterwards boiled in sodium carbonate.
The consumers are rarely aware of the ingredients contained in the sausages, due to the fact that USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture) doesn’t ask the producers to write all additives on the label.
According to a research conducted by the Hawaiian University, all processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent.
In addition to this, nitrites and nitrates are definitely the most detrimental additives found in hot dogs. Even organic hot dogs contain nitrite in high amounts! When these compounds are exposed to high temperature, they combine with amines and result in nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are known as potential cancer-causing chemicals and they are linked to colon, bladder, pancreas, and stomach cancer.
Shockingly, only one hot dog on a daily basis can increase the chances of developing colorectal cancer by 21 percent, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Take a look at the video below to find out more in-depth information about the production of hot dogs: