Hot dogs are the most popular type of fast food in the USA, but are also the most dangerous one. Many experts suggest that hot dogs should be banned as they might cause 4 different types of cancer.

The popular hot dog was introduced to the USA by German immigrants in the 19th century, but they weren’t so popular until two centuries later. The WHO suggests that all processed meats increase the risk of cancer, with hot dogs among the leading suspects. The popular wieners are made of pork, chicken and beef along with other ingredients that are added to cut costs. You may be surprised to learn that besides the meat, hot dogs also contain fatty tissues, skin, feet and other eatable parts of animals.

All ingredients are mixed together to form a paste before salt, corn syrup, monosodium glutamate, nitrates and other cancer-causing chemicals are added. As the Physician Committee for Responsible Medicine says, regular consumption of hot dogs is as bad as regular smoking.

The nitrates and nitrites added to the meat mixture further increase the risk. They bind with amines to form nitrosamines at high temperatures, which have been linked to pancreatic, colon, bladder and stomach cancer. Hot dogs are actually so dangerous the American Institute for Cancer Research says that only one hot dog daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%! Shocking, isn’t it?

You should also avoid “organic” hot dogs – they also contain nitrites, sometimes in even higher doses than regular hot dogs. Instead of stuffing yourself on this cancer-causing food, you should try to eat a healthy diet focused on fruit and vegetables, as well as organic meat.