Researchers recently showed in a study, that children who eat hot dogs one or more times per week are at higher risk of developing brain cancer.
They have disease forming compounds in them: Hot dogs contain a deadly substance called nitrates, which is of biggest concern with cured meats, according to Mariana Stern, a cancer epidemiologist at the University of Southern California.
Peter Clifton, professor of nutrition at the University of South Australia, published a study in the journal Metabolism, showing that processed hot dogs are “bad” and is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, due to the way that iron interacts with the saturated fat, salt and nitrates—an added preservative—found in the processed meat.
Children who consume more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia, according to studies.
Can lead to a quicker death: Professor Clifton also contributed higher mortality rates due to the consumption of hot dogs and other processed meats in his study.
Lead to bladder cancer: “Studies show that the effects of processed meats might be more harmful in people with diets that are overall low in antioxidants.” Stern examined the diets of 1,660 people with bladder cancer and found that bladder cancer risk went up when people consumed hot dogs and other processed meats.
Eating hot dogs and other processed meats can also cause cardiovascular disease to develop, according to professor Clifton.