Doctors have advised parents to stop giving their children hot dogs, and there are numerous reasons why.
Research has shown that children who consume more than a dozen hot dogs in a month have a 9% increased risk of leukemia. If the father has frequently eaten hotdogs before conceiving, his child has an increased increased risk of cancer.
Moreover, if the mother during the pregnancy consumes more than 1 hot dog a week, there is an increased risk that her child will get a brain tumor.
The reason for these severe adverse effects from the consumption of hot dogs lies in nitrite additives, which are added in their production in order to prevent botulism.
Yet, during the cooking process, these nitrites get combined with the amines in the meat and create an extremely dangerous cancer-causing compound, known as N-nitroso.
Therefore, if hot dogs are just your favorite food and you cannot completely avoid them, you should definitely limit the portions or use only nitrite-free meats.