It’s about time…

Will wonders never cease? The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., has announced that it will no longer be serving hot dogs to patients as of April 2017. This is a good thing. But where have these people been for the last half century? Why are they serving such toxic foods to patients? And why are other hospitals still doing so. It is well known that long term hospital patients become seriously malnourished and sick from eating hospital food.

It has been known for decades that processed meats are unhealthy. Yet, within a few months every summer, Americans consume about seven billion hot dogs, not to mention all the sausages, bacon, and cold cuts. It appears that people are not getting the message. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, eating even one hot dog per day increases your risk for colorectal cancer by 21 percent. While providing little nutrition, hot dogs increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and cause an increase in mortality.

Hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites. These react with amines in the meat to form carcinogenic nitrosamines. Other ingredients include a number of different binders, fillers, flavorings, preservatives, corn syrup, excess salt, toxic glutamates and other chemicals. None of these are good for your health, and some are very bad. There is actually very little real meat or real nutrition in a typical hot dog.

If you still insist on eating hot dogs, then choose brands that are labeled as 100 percent beef or chicken and that contain no nitrites. Avoid any product that contains glutamates, corn syrup, and artificial preservatives, colors and flavors.

Americans eat far too much animal protein, and when you combine that with all the toxic chemicals in meat products, it’s no wonder there is a negative effect on health. It’s best to eliminate processed meats from your diet.