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Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic Mutations

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posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 08:50 AM
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Hot Dogs May Cause Genetic Mutations

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...

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.

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I guess it's good I never liked them.




posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 08:56 AM
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Their killing us with our food. Making us sick, fat, sluggish. Its terrible im sure they dont have to do what they do. They know exactly how to hurt our bodies. Hotdogs is not the only food they have played with. Just look how much hormones they put into our chicken and turkey we eat. Just look at what they feed the cows that we eat. Then they sit back and talk about how obese the American people are today compared to twenty years ago. Hum wonder why.



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 10:44 AM
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I thought hotdogs themselves WERE mutations. Mutations of good food.

I do not like sausages in general, as they are all pretty unhealthy, and greasy and gristly to boot. Yuk. Good thing too now, I guess.



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 11:06 AM
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It's kind of silly to suggest the nitrites in hot dogs could cause mutations when your own eosinophils and basophils use nitrites and nitrosamines to kill bacteria...

Mariella



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 11:37 AM
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Originally posted by bsl4doc
It's kind of silly to suggest the nitrites in hot dogs could cause mutations when your own eosinophils and basophils use nitrites and nitrosamines to kill bacteria...
Mariella


Could it possibly be too many of them that cause it? I mean, I need certain amounts of iron in my system too, but I don't go gnawing on a pipe.


I don't see how you could even tie together small amounts of nitrites used for our benefit compared to eating something full of nitrites. Why don't you explain to everyone what happens when you kill all the bad bacteria? What happens to the naturally occuring bacteria that we need if there are left over nitrites? Maybe the good bacteria dies which can lead to all other sorts of problems, right?



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 11:46 AM
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Well, considering the sheer number of nitrogenous-toxin containing WBCs in our body at any given moment, and considering the fact that your body has evolved to digest those chemicals when they are expelled into tissue, I don't see how eating a hot dog could possibly have any medical impact on your system.

That is, unless, you eat two for all three meals every day of your life. But then, you're likely to have problems with hypertension and cholesterol beore any sort of "mutation".

As for your question regarding commensal bacteria and leftover nitrites: these chemicals aren't just shot out into tissues unless something has gone wrong. They are actually injected into a the bacteria or a capsule containing the bacteria. As I mentioned before, your body has developed oxidative systems to reduce these chemicals should they escape into the tissue.

I just find it very hard to believe that ingesting less than a gram of this chemical can somehow affect your DNA in multiple cells at exactly the same site, which is the only way to cause a mutation.

Mariella



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 11:57 AM
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is this american style hotdogs or just all hotdogs because i know the american ones are really bad for you but not sure on others



posted on Aug, 17 2006 @ 11:58 AM
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Any hot dog that appears red on the outer layer contains nitrosamines. That's what gives the meat that artificial red color.



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