However, doctors are telling parents one simple message and putting them on alert.
Stop feeding your kids hot dogs!
Many Americans are so used to eating a certain way that they don’t realize that they’re making unhealthy choices and that those choices are affecting their kids.
According to new research, which claims some seriously concerning things, like the one that kids who consume more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia. And another study, claims that children who ate hot dogs one or more times per week were also at higher risk of brain cancer.
These effects are not only linked to children. Fathers who often ate hot dogs before conceiving are more likely to pass cancer to their children. Additionally, pregnant women who ate a hot dog are more likely to have children who will develop a brain tumor.
So, the question is, what’s the problem? It’s the nitrate additives!
It all has to do with nitrates. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, these nitrates act as preservatives to prevent food from spoiling, and they also add color to the meat.
Nitrates and nitrites are not cancer-causing by themselves. But, during certain conditions in the body, the nitrates combine with amines that are naturally present in the meat and form by-products called N-nitroso (nitrosamines and nitrosamides), which is seriously carcinogenic compound.
Vitamin C may be added to some preserved meats. Vitamin C keeps nitrites from changing into nitrosamines, which may help reduce the risk of cancer associated with these chemicals.
How to avoid Nitrate-filled foods
– Check labels carefully and avoid products that list sodium or potassium nitrates and nitrites.
– Eat a diet high in antioxidants and vitamin C, as vitamin C is known to block the conversion of nitrates and nitrites to nitrosamines.
– Eat organic foods
– Minimize your consumption of processed foods and cured meat products such as hot dogs, sausage, and cold cuts.