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article imageDoctors say hot dogs as bad for your health as cigarettes

By Joan Firstenberg     Jul 30, 2011 in Health
Washington - A Washington, D.C. medical group is so concerned about the negative health effects of hot dogs that it paid for a billboard near the Indianapolis Speedway Monday featuring a picture of hot dogs in a cigarette pack sporting a skull and crossbones.
The Washington-based Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which promotes preventive medicine and a vegan diet says it has found a link between colorectal cancer and hot dogs. Susan Levin, the committee's nutrition education director says
"Hot dogs, like cigarettes, should come with a warning label that helps racing fans and other consumers understand the health risk."
The State Column says PCRM found that in 2010, over 1.1 million hot dogs were sold at the Indianapolis 500 races. The group also points to studies by the American Institute of Cancer Research which show that consuming 50-grams of processed meat each day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%.
But USA Today reports that not all doctors agree that hot dogs are so dangerous.
Dr. Jess Spear, an internal medicine physician with St. Vincent Medical Group in Fishers, Ind. says,
"Hot dogs are low in nutritional value. They're high in salt, which can lead to hypertension and heart disease. I don't personally tell people never to eat hot dogs, because I guess I'm just realistic enough to know that people will still consume them to some degree."
Spear advises his patients to eat a generally healthy diet -- more fruits and vegetables, and less processed meats.
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