Did you know that hot dogs have been linked to childhood leukemia? On Saturday night Melanie called me freaking out (for good reason!) because she found that children who eat 12 or more hot dogs per month have a 10 times greater chance for developing childhood leukemia. Sure enough, I googled hot dogs and leukemia and about a trillion websites popped up. And they all said the same thing.
Now, I'm not one of those mothers who freaks out easily. I absolutely don't believe in the vaccinations and autism correlation, and I have been known to let my children fall asleep with a bottle in their crib. But this made me feel a little more...anxious. Maybe because cancer is so rampant these days - all my family members who have died have died from cancer. Maybe because I am coming to understand the importance of developing good eating habits at a young age. Maybe because if Eva were to get leukemia I would feel completely responsible because at many points in her life, hot dogs have been her favorite food. And she has eaten a lot more than 12 in a month, for several months. And I'm the one giving them to her.
I just wanted to get the news out there because I think it's something every parent should know about. I can't believe that this isn't more publicly known - hot dogs are just a common kid food and nobody has ever said anything to me about how dangerous they can be. Anyway, if you are feeding your child hot dogs and would like to see more info about why you might want to stop, here and here and here are a few links.