What’s Hiding in Your Hot Dog?

What the !%@^ are you eating?!?

Nitrates & Nitrites

What are they?

Chemical compounds used to preserve food.

What’s the problem?

When exposed to high heat or digestive enzymes, they form compounds that may cause cancer in the:

  • colon
  • kidneys
  • stomach
  • pancreas
  • ovaries
  • brain
  • thyroid

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Where are they banned?

Scientists at the World Health Organization declared these compounds are probable human carcinogens.

What to do?

Avoid cured meats like:

  • bacon
  • salami
  • sausage
  • hot dogs

What to look out for?

Read your labels and watch out for nitrates and nitrites.

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