A lot of foods nowadays are pre-packed and added with preservatives to last longer than it should be.
A study showed that children who ate more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of having childhood leukemia.
Furthermore, it suggests that children born to mothers who ate at least one hot dog per week during pregnancy have double the normal risk of developing brain tumors, as do children whose fathers ate hot dogs before conception.
However, critics and even the researchers pointed out that this study was quite difficult to conduct and interpret since respondents have hard time recalling what they’ve eaten.
Due to this, researchers suggest that it must be the nitrites used to preserve processed meats such as hot dogs that trigger the cancer cells.
Still, none of the researchers claim that people should avoid or stop eating hot dogs based on the findings.
Despite its intriguing nature, most institutions weren’t convinced about the case with nitrites as the only basis, suggesting this idea needs a further study or exploration.
Not having basis or familiarity with other studies, this is a standalone study which doesn’t give a concrete proof as to the relation of hot dogs and cancers.
Identifying more than 232 children with ages 10 and below having a time frame of 7 years (1980-1987). The parents answered broad questions about lifestyle, exposure to potential carcinogens and diet for the children and themselves.
With all of these gathered facts, it remains a mystery as to what causes cancer. But this suggests that a strict healthy diet and exercise must be followed to lower the risk of cancer and even other diseases.
Source: LOS ANGELES TIMES