Doctors are putting parents on alert all over the country with one simple message:
Stop feeding your kids hot dogs!
Hot dogs are an American favorite, there's no doubt about it. I remember having hot dogs and mac and cheese mixed up as well as hot dogs on the grill for the fourth of July.
I can still taste them when I think about it. About 155 million wieners are consumed every fourth of July nation-wide. That's a lot of 'dogs!
But according to new research, kids who consume more than a dozen hot dogs per month are nine times more likely to develop childhood leukemia.
Additionally, mothers who eat one hot dog per week during pregnancy increases their child's likeliness of developing brain tumors later on in life.
Equally, a father who often ate hot dogs before conceiving a child also imparts a high likeliness of cancer to his child.
The problem? Nitrite additives.
Nitrites are an additive added to hot dogs, usually to combat botulism.
During the process of cooking the 'dog, nitrates combine with amines that are naturally present in the meat to form N-nitroso, which is a seriously carcinogenic compound.
If you must feed your family hot dogs, look for nitrite-free meats or limit the amount of hot dogs you and your family eat.
You can also request that supermarkets begin carrying nitrite-free hot dogs exclusively and lobby your local school board to ditch hot dogs that contain nitrites.