A study showed that children eating 12 hotdogs per month were 9 times higher than those who had leukemia. Also discovered that pregnant women who eat 1 hot dog per week can give birth to a baby that has a brain tumor. What is the problem of eating a hot dog? The Nitrites and nitrates are used as preservatives in cured meats such as bacon, salami, sausages and hotdogs. Nitrites are produced due to nitrates, which are a natural part of a protein known as amines. This chemical reaction produces nitrosamines, a cancer-causing compound. Nitrosamines are formed in nitrite or nitrate-treated meat or in the digestive tract. Some research has shown the connection of nitrites to stomach cancer (IARC 2010). It also can cause cancer of the esophagus; A study showed that this is much higher in people who eat cure meats regularly (Rogers 1995; Mayne 2001). There is also evidence that nitrites are associated with the brain and thyroid cancers, but today there is still no solid evidence to support this conclusion (Preston-Martin 1996; Pogoda 2001; Aschebrook-Kilfoy 2013; IARC 2010). In 2010, scientists at the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that eating nitrites and nitrates was possibly a human carcinogen. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment assumes that nitrites include amines or amides as a carcinogen. Some natural foods such as spinach and some herbs are also high in nitrates, but studies have not seen any connection to stomach cancer.
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