Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic Mutations

By | August 17, 2006

Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic MutationsHa! I always knew I hated them for a good reason.

Everyone knows hot dogs aren’t exactly healthy for you, but in a new study chemists find they may contain DNA-mutating compounds that might boost one’s risk for cancer. Scientists note there is an up to 240-fold variation in levels of these chemicals across different brands. …

Mirvish and his colleagues examined hot dogs because past research had linked them with colon cancer. Hot dogs are preserved with sodium nitrite, which can help form chemicals known as N-nitroso compounds, most of which cause cancer in lab animals.

Extracts from hot dogs bought from the supermarket, when mixed with nitrites, resulted in what appeared to be these DNA-mutating compounds. When added to Salmonella bacteria, hot dog extracts treated with nitrites doubled to quadrupled their normal DNA mutation levels. Triggering DNA mutations in the gut might boost the risk for colon cancer, the researchers explained. “I won’t say you shouldn’t eat hot dogs,” Mirvish said. – yahoo

He’s afraid of being sued. I’ll say it. YOU SHOULDN’T EAT HOT DOGS. Yetch.

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