What happens to your body when you eat hot dogs: scientific facts that will scare you
Popular hot dogs can lead to serious health problems - and it's not just the high calorie content and risk of obesity. Scientists have proven that eating even one hot dog can affect your health in the short and long term.
A bun, sausage, mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard are the traditional ingredients of a hot dog. There are many variations in preparation: sometimes sauerkraut, pickles, bacon, Korean carrots and any product that tastes good with the classic base are added. What happens to your body when you eat hot dogs, Eat This Not That magazine has revealed.
How hot dogs can shorten your life
Speaking about the harmful effects of hot dogs, people usually refer primarily to the quality of meat and sausages. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the scientific journal Nature, eating just one hot dog can take 36 minutes off your life - even if you usually eat a healthy diet.
So the phrase "hot dogs can shorten your life" is not a hyperbolic statement, but a scientifically proven fact. Of course, you shouldn't take it so literally: a 36-minute reduction in life expectancy is only a prediction, not a guarantee. However, these predictions were made on the basis of thorough scientific research, so you should definitely not ignore them.
Hot dogs and cancer
Hot dogs contain preservatives (nitrites and nitrates), which are added to extend shelf life and minimise bacterial growth. Nitrites are also responsible for giving the sausages their rich colour. However, the problem with these food additives is that there is a possible link between nitrite consumption and cancer. According to a recent study published on Foods, food additives commonly used in many types of processed meat can also become more concentrated when exposed to high grilling temperatures, even exceeding the permitted nitrate limit.
Studies have shown that cooking meat at high temperatures, especially when grilling or broiling over an open flame, can increase the risk of cancer by causing the formation of chemicals called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These chemicals have been linked to breast, pancreatic, colon and other forms of cancer.
Blood pressure problems from hot dogs
Excessive sodium intake can increase the risk of high blood pressure, which is the main cause of stroke and heart disease. Scientists note that hot dogs contain a high sodium content (one average hot dog provides 21% of the daily recommended maximum intake).
Risk of heart disease
Processed meat is high in saturated fat, which can clog arteries. One beef hot dog contains approximately 189 calories, 16.8 g of fat and 6.8 g of saturated fat. This is 34% of the recommended daily value of saturated fat.
Interesting fact about sauerkraut
Scientists have noted that sauerkraut can minimise the harmful effects of a hot dog. This fermented food contains live and active cultures that can act as probiotics.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about habits that are bad for the immune system.