The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released the results of a comprehensive review of decades of research, concluding that processed meats such as sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts, and red meat raise the risk of cancer.
While very few adults eat several slices of bologna each and every day, here at Alzein Pediatric Associates, we do know many children who eat a hot dog every single day. Eating just one dog a day increases your child’s risk of colorectal cancer by about 18%.
Hot dogs have long been linked to an increased risk of childhood leukemia and are one of the most dangerous choking hazards in children.
As a parent, you’re probably tired of serving hot dogs too. So what are some fast, better meal choices?
• Purchase frozen, unbreaded chicken tenders (smaller versions of a boneless skinless chicken breast) and zap them in the microwave.
• Grill a cheddar cheese sandwich (not American cheese, which contains mostly oils and little actual milk) and serve it with pesto for dipping. Kids love cheese cubes with black olives too.
• Toss canned, drained tuna with bowtie pasta, sliced tomatoes and Italian dressing. Add sliced zucchini and carrots if you have the time.
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Now more than ever, it’s time to take hot dogs off the everyday menu and replace them with a variety of healthier, tastier quick options.