Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hot Dogs Might Be as Bad as Cigarettes, Doctors Warn

It's more or less common knowledge that processed meats are not good for our health. Certain ones are less harmful than others, relatively speaking, but preservatives, colouring agents and fillers aren't doing anyone's health any favours.

To cap things, we know that meatless diets are not only better for the planet, but they have also been proven to be better for our health. For this reason, a group of physicians in the U.S. is boldly stating that hot dogs might harm our health in the same way that cigarettes do.

Boldly going where few other physicians or awareness campaigns have gone before, The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C. have unveiled a new billboard near the Indianapolis motor speedway that features hotdogs in a cigarette package, adorned with a skull and crossbones.

Now, in case you're wondering what hot dogs and cigarettes have in common, the answer is that they're both linked to certain types of cancers; colorectal cancer in the case of hot dogs. The aim of the billboard is to raise awareness about this lesser known fact and hopefully reduce the consumption of the popular snack food at sporting events.

The American Cancer Society, however, has responded by acknowledging that hot dogs are not the healthiest of foods, and that reducing one's consumption of red meat is beneficial to their health, however hot dogs are not considered toxic or particularly hazardous to one's health if consumed in moderation.

So many foods we eat and environmental stressors we face each day can potentially trigger a mutation that can ultimately lead to cancer. The wise and perhaps simpler thing to each day to help our bodies prevent and combat cancer is to consume a healthy diet full of fibre, nutrients and antioxidants. Limiting our exposure to carcinogens as much as possible is also an excellent strategy, however we can't forget to live a little, take things in moderation and enjoy ourselves from time to time. If that means one or two hot dogs a month or a year, so be it. Just don't forget the ketchup.