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06/12/2009

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I have a smoker box that i put hickory chips in. Is that type of smoke bad for you? Say on hot dogs that do not drip fat?

Hey Michael.

Yes, the smoking process will add a carcinogenic effect, but the point is protein, any way it is cooked, is still far less carcinogenic than eating a highly processed, high-carbohydrate, grain-based diet. So you still have a net health gain by using your smoker to eat protein rich foods.

Hot dogs are already cooked--so limit their cooking time and you are limiting potential carcinogenic effect the cooking could have on the meat. All beef hot dogs are generally better than the other kinds. The jury is still out on whether purchasing the nitrite free kind has enough health benefit to be worth the extra cost and effort.

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