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Hot Dogs Unhealthy as Cigarettes, Doctors' Group Says

Eating Hot Dogs Is as Unhealthy as Smoking Cigarettes, Says Doctors' Group

We know hot dogs aren't the healthiest food on the grill, but The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington DC group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, is implying with a new billboard advertisement that the dangers of hot dogs are as risky as smoking.

The billboard, located near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, shows a picture of hot dogs encased in a cigarette pack with the slogan: "Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health." The billboard's location is no fluke since races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage hot dog consumption — 1.1 million hot dogs were sold during last year's Indy 500. The doctors' group believes that hot dogs should come with a warning label, just like a pack of cigarettes, to let people know that consuming processed meats can increase a person's risk of developing colorectal cancer. High in sodium, a diet full of hot dogs can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, says the group.

The group's registered dietitian believes, "A hot dog a day could send you to an early grave," and has research to back the claim up. A 2007 report by the American Institute for Cancer Research showed that consuming 1.7 ounces of processed meat (about the amount in one hot dog) per day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 21 percent. Every year, about 143,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and approximately 53,000 die of it. Consuming processed meats such as hot dogs, deli meats, and (gasp!) the beloved bacon are linked to other types of cancer as well including prostate, leukemia, and ovarian cancer, as well as diabetes.

Source: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and Thinkstock

Nick-o Nick-o 6 years
ya know they told us coffee was bad for us, and eggs and the list goes on and on, and guess what they come back and say we were wrong, use it a little less and all should be ok, then they come out with this on hot dogs. i am 62 yrs old and yes i have had a heart attack , in fact 3 of them, two of which i did not know it was that, now i have been eating hot dogs since i was strong enough to open the fridge and eat them cold {back in the 50's}now get this my heart attacks when they happened-my cholesterol was about 110, i was a 6 month baby and the doctors think my arteries were not fully developed and that is why they blocked up, now i am lucky cause they have feeders coming off of them supplying my heart therefore no bypass surgery needed, this last one almost killed me. died 4 times in three days, but my cholesterol was fine, my point is everyone's body is different and there is nothing on health issues they can point their finger on, only what they assume by testing the majority of ppl. heck who knows the heat from the grill or the fuel source could be the cause . now direct radiation yea that is gonna give one some health issues, but hot dogs lets get real here, everything we eat is not good for us period . do not throw your dogs out yet, unless they smack you upside the face. thank you
amusedd amusedd 6 years
PLEASE tell me this is a joke. You're promoting this group? Less than 1% of people on this so-called committee actually practice medicine. Most of them are quacks or nutritional "experts" who don't practice in the field. They are an animal rights group ... which is fine...but they are first and foremost that. They are the LAST people who ANYONE should take seriously regarding nutrition. Plus, don't we already KNOW hot dogs are bad? Why listen to a fringe, extremist group too associated with the extreme wings of PETA? A group that promoted GMO soy over healthy cows? I expect better from FitSugar.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
are there people who really eat a hot dog a day? And I thought eating them like once a week when I was in school was bad.
benheld benheld 6 years
I don't eat real hot dogs, but do enjoy a veggie dog on occasion. Processed foods are rarely good for you, but there's nothing wrong with having a special treat once in a while.
awesomepants awesomepants 6 years
Hot dogs are gross but if I loved how they tasted this wouldn't stop me from eating it especially since most people don't eat hot dogs everyday. Which is why comparing it to smoking is so stupid. If anything they should highlight bacon and deli meats because those are things people actually include in their diet everyday.
Ryah-Cooley Ryah-Cooley 6 years
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