Some physicians warn against hot dogs

Can hot dogs “wreck your health”? Could they be “as dangerous as cigarettes?” Can it be? Some physicians think so.

USA Today 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.”

Other health experts disagree.

For example, American Cancer Society guidelines don’t prohibit all red or processed meat.

Nevertheless, 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.”

Perhaps the rule of thumb, “all things in moderation,” should apply? A hot dog, once in a while, seems fine. More than one a day may, indeed, be potentially harmful to your health.

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