Cancer-Risk, Hotdogs of Doom...

This is fitting. Amidst the Maple Leaf deli meat killing spree The Cancer Project has released a TV commercial attacking hotdogs as a cancer-risk. See for yourself:

 

Finally, a gutsy ad! Hotdogs are not your friend. In fact, Dr. Fuhrman considers processed meats one of the WORST meat options—along with red meat. Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the PCRM and head of The Cancer Project, defends the commercial. Via CBS News:

Check the label of a name-brand hot dog, and chances are fat provides around 80 percent of total calories, more than double what's often advised. What's more, saturated fat and trans fat - the fats most strongly linked with artery-clogging - are common ingredients, in some cases providing at least half the fat content.

The hot dog council called the new ad an alarmist scare tactic, but the promoters, a group called The Cancer Project, defend their campaign.

Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, called the ad "a way to raise appropriate concern about a deadly concern." Barnard also heads The Cancer Project, an offshoot of his anti-meat advocacy group.

Hot dogs may be considered as American as apple pie, but Barnard said it's time to change that tradition.

"Children are born with no traditions whatsoever," he said. "You or I might think a hot dog, that just goes with baseball ... We can always change our traditions to be healthful."

The new ad is based on an analysis of five studies in adults by scientists working with cancer research groups not affiliated with Barnard's.

Their report last November said eating 50 grams a day of processed meats for several years increases colorectal cancer risk by 21 percent. That equals about one hot dog a day or two deli slices of bologna or five slices of bacon.

There’s a hotdog council! I’d love to see their cholesterol numbers. Now, despite the wiener consortiums self-preservation exclamations, processed meats DON’T support health and DO increase cancer-risk, but don’t take my word for it. Remember this post: News from The Cancer Project.
 

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Steve - August 28, 2008 9:11 AM

This ad is similar to some we had in Canada urging kids to exercise. They had 10 year olds sitting all slumped over with pants hitched up to their sternums like a sterotypical senior, talking about their upcoming medical procedures. The idea was to avoid "getting old before your time".

Sharon Shaw - August 28, 2008 1:30 PM

I'm glad I'm NOT an Oscar Meyer wiener! Hot dogs are the WURST!!(sic)

Green Fitness - August 29, 2008 10:30 AM

This is just sad! I just sent this to my whole family. The word needs to get out and as quickly as possible. The awesome part is that we can make it happen one email, twit, or video at a time. Hot dogs and all processed meats are horrible for the body. We need to get a revolution started against these companies with ad campaigns on tv. Bring the power back to the people not the media companies and big business.

Scott - September 2, 2008 10:59 PM

I appreciate your opinion on the matter, but I think that you are only giving one side of the story. While I agree that hotdogs are not the healthiest available option - like any other option, moderation is the key. I did a story on the same story on my website - not because hot dogs are healthy, but because these advertisements are clearly fear mongering - sponsored by a thinly veiled pro-vegetarian organization. I'd be interested in your opinion.

Michael - September 3, 2008 2:49 PM

The problem with moderation is it is a very loose term that means different things to different people. For those of us who have a lot of weight to lose and slow metabolisms (like me), moderation means I don't lose weight. There is sometimes a need for abstinance, especially with substances you are addicted to.

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