The Health Risks Of Eating Hot Dogs

August 3, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 3, 2011 Updated Aug 3, 2011 at 5:48 PM EDT

(WKBW/Cleveland Clinic) They're a staple at picnics and popular with kids, but they shouldn't be a big part of your diet.

A U.S. physicians' group is recommending people eat fewer hot dogs because of an increased risk of colon cancer.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine even suggests placing a warning label on hot dogs, much like cigarettes.

That's because the American Institute for Cancer Research reports eating the equivalent of one hot dog a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer, on average, by 21 percent.

Studies have also shown a link between processed meats and an increased risk of other cancers, heart disease and diabetes.

Dietitians say if you like hot dogs, you don't have to write them off
altogether. They say choose 100% all-beef or 100% all turkey and try to limit hot dog consumption to special occasions.

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