July 28, 2011
Surprise, surprise, hot dogs aren’t good for you.
USA Today /Indianapolis Star (7/26, Rudavsky, Berggoetz) reported, “The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, DC group that promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet, unveiled a billboard Monday near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the advisory: ‘Warning: Hot dogs can wreck your health.'” It “features a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack inscribed with skull and crossbones.”
But this group of physicians were not the only ones to come down hard on hot dogs and other processed meats. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research issued a study showing that “one 50-gram serving of processed meat — about the amount in one hot dog — a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent.”
Yikes. Steer clear.