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If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself?

Not if you don't want to get cancer on the inside of your ass, you won't.

According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, eating 50 grams of processed meat per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by a whopping 21%. An extra 10 grams of processed meat also increases the risk of prostate cancer in men. A hot dog contains about 50 grams of delicious cancer causing spare animal parts ground up and formed into a tube. Processed meats are so bad for you that some doctors' groups are advocating warnings be placed on the packaging, much like cigarettes.


Colorectal cancer has a serious death toll. In the US, over 140,000 people are diagnosed with it every year and over 50,000 people die. This sort of cancer can be prevented by carefully monitoring one's diet, but unfortunately, foods that promote colon health- high fiber foods and dark green leafy vegetables- are less accessible to people with low incomes. A package of bologna is much cheaper than a large bag of cherries and more filling than a similarly priced package of baby spinach.

In addition to disproportionately affecting economically disadvantaged people, this does not bode well for fans of Hot Doug's or anyone in Chicago, as the City dispenses hot dog allotments to citizens at the beginning of every year, and we're all required to eat all of them under penalty of fines and car bootings.


Hot Dogs Increase Risk of Cancer by 21 Percent [The State]

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