Thursday, 11 August 2011
Have you guys seen this billboard? It suggests that hot dogs pack the same health toxicity as cigarettes.
Apparently, research has linked daily consumption of processed meats (this includes hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli lunch meats) to a 21% increase in some types of cancer. Most experts blame preservative (nitrites/nitrates) as the cause.
Critics have come up against the billboard, saying it's too harsh. However, as an American summer food of choice, maybe it is a good idea to raise awareness.
I, for one, had no idea what a health risk packaged meats posed! I had never heard this about hot dogs. I always thought of them as undesirable because of the meats they used, but certainly not deadly.
What do you guys think of this awareness campaign? Did you know about the risk of hot dogs? Do you substitute for other types of food when summer grilling?