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Surgeon General Warning on Hot Dogs

Posted by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 9:58 AM
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Im sitting here watching this hot dog eating contest on the morning news, and it reminded me of something my SIL told me yesterday.  She told me that someone was trying to get a law passed that would make hot dog packages all have a warning printed on them - that the product might cause cancer.  (Sorry - I didn't look up a link.  Just starting conversation is all.)

Has anyone else heard about that?  What do you think about that?  Do you think it's a rumor?

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mommy2angels427
by Bronze Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 10:02 AM

I would assume it is because of the nitrates they contain.  not totally sure though....

Ann7227
by Bronze Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Well they better start putting warnings on everything. lol  People won't stop eating them. Look at tobacco warnings on there but thousands of people still do it. I think some of this causes cancer stuff is anal. People don't care and they do what they want.

adulation
by Bronze Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 12:27 PM

it's probably a rumor.  if they did that they'd have to put warning labels on 85% of the foods in grocery stores.   very few things these days are actually safe for us for to consume.  it's not going to stop me though.


                                



ddbz
by Silver Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Well then they should also put that warning on barbecues, because bbq'ed meats are amazingly carcinogenic. 

EnigmaMuse
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Hot dogs are bad for you.

I believe most people know that.

Doesn't stop them from eating them.

 Much like so many other things in this country at this time in it's history. 

There are those that feel that people should be protected from themselves. And the government needs to mandate protections and mandate warnings for just about everything.

Then there are those of us who don't. And personal responsibility should take ahold.

Placing a warning on hotdogs will not stop people from eating them any more than warning labels on: cigerettes has stopped people from smoking, alchohol hasn't stopped people from drinking and driving, mandate in regards to seatbelts hasn't made everyone wear one all the time..  I could go on and on.

This is just another one of those "feel good" attempts. Nothing more. Nothing less.

                           

lilyrose73
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

I only buy hot dogs and lunch meat that is free of nitrates and nitrites...

Hot Dogs and Nitrites

  • Childhood Cancer Risk

Q. What's wrong with hot dogs?

A. Nitrite additives in hotdogs form carcinogens.
Petition to ban nitrites Three different studies have come out in the past year, finding that the consumption of hot dogs can be a risk factor for childhood cancer.

Peters et al. studied the relationship between the intake of certain foods and the risk of leukemia in children from birth to age 10 in Los Angeles County between 1980 and 1987. The study found that children eating more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia. A strong risk for childhood leukemia also existed for those children whose fathers' intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month.

Researchers Sarusua and Savitz studied childhood cancer cases in Denver and found that children born to mothers who consumed hot dogs one or more times per week during pregnancy has approximately double the risk of developing brain tumors. Children who ate hot dogs one or more times per week were also at higher risk of brain cancer.

Bunin et al, also found that maternal consumption of hot dogs during pregnancy was associated with an excess risk of childhood brain tumors.

Q. How could hot dogs cause cancer?

A. Hot dogs contain nitrites which are used as preservatives, primarily to combat botulism. During the cooking process, nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. It is also suspected that nitrites can combine with amines in the human stomach to form N-nitroso compounds. These compounds are known carcinogens and have been associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain.

Q. Some vegetables contain nitrites, do they cause cancer too?

A. It is true that nitrites are commonly found in many green vegetables, especially spinach, celery and green lettuce. However, the consumption of vegetables appears to be effective in reducing the risk of cancer. How is this possible? The explanation lies in the formation of N-nitroso compounds from nitrites and amines. Nitrite containing vegetables also have Vitamin C and D, which serve to inhibit the formation of N-nitroso compounds. Consequently, vegetables are quite safe and healthy, and serve to reduce your cancer risk.

Q. Do other food products contain nitrites?


A. Yes, all cured meats contain nitrites. These include bacon and fish.

Q. Are all hot dogs a risk for childhood cancer?

A. No. Not all hot dogs on the market contain nitrites. Because of modern refrigeration methods, nitrites are now used more for the red color they produce (which is associated with freshness) than for preservation. Nitrite-free hot dogs, while they taste the same as nitrite hot dogs, have a brownish color that has limited their popularity among consumers. When cooked, nitrite-free hot dogs are perfectly safe and healthy.

HERE ARE FOUR THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO:

  1. Do not buy hot dogs containing nitrite. It is especially important that children and potential parents do not consume 12 or more of these hot dogs per month.

  2. Request that your supermarket have nitrite-free hot dogs available.

  3. Contact your local school board and find out whether children are being served nitrite hot dogs in the cafeteria, Request that they use only nitrite-free hot dogs.

  4. Write the FDA and express your concernthat nitrite-hot dogs are not labeled for their cancer risk to children. You can mention CPC's petition on hot dogs, docket #: 95P 0112/CP1.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Cancer Prevention Coalition

c/o School of Public Health, M/C 922
University of Illinois at Chicago
2121 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Tel: (312) 996-2297, Fax: (312) 413-9898
Email: epstein@uic.edu

lifescholar
by Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Hot dogs are SO bad for you!

I love them, and I used to eat them all the time.  But, I didn't eat them at ALL when I was pregnant and nursing, and since then, I have only had a handful.  My son had his first hot dog a few months ago, and he will be 4 this month.  He's only had them when we're out, I don't think I'd buy them at home...too many other meals I can make at home that are much healthier!

Those warnings are only good for people who care.  But hey, if one person picks up a package, and didn't know that they were harmful to their health, then maybe a life has been saved!  I totally think it's worth it.

Me, I take nutrition very seriously.  I enjoy food, but I enjoy it most when I know that I eat healthy.  I can also enjoy junk food now and then, because I know that the vast majority of my intake is good for me!  I don't stress about my son eating the odd hot dog or chicken mcnugget (ew! lol) because at least 90% of his diet is good stuff.

And, if he ever gets cancer (God forbid!) I'll know that I did everything in my power to make him as healthy as he could be.

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athenax3
by on Jul. 5, 2009 at 8:44 PM

I heard this too and they said that it's especally bad if you eat the little crispy burnt parts on meat that has been bar-b-qued- which sucks, because i love an overdone hot dog off the grill, lol...

Quoting ddbz:

Well then they should also put that warning on barbecues, because bbq'ed meats are amazingly carcinogenic. 



ddbz
by Silver Member on Jul. 5, 2009 at 9:18 PM


Quoting athenax3:

I heard this too and they said that it's especally bad if you eat the little crispy burnt parts on meat that has been bar-b-qued- which sucks, because i love an overdone hot dog off the grill, lol...

Quoting ddbz:

Well then they should also put that warning on barbecues, because bbq'ed meats are amazingly carcinogenic. 

 

You can counteract the effects of the free radicals generated by the bbq if you eat it with a very cold beer or wine cooler.

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