In today's health matters, getting the Nitrites out of hot dogs may not reduce their risk of colon cancer.
A 1978 FDA mandate had the meat industry add vitamin C to hot dogs in order to reduce the amount of Nitrites.
This study suggests that reduction did not reduce the rate of colon cancer cases. Nitrites are added to cured and processed meats to enhance their color, flavor and to extend their shelf life.
The problem is during the cooking process the Nitrites combine with something in the meat to form cancer-causing agents.
Since vitamin C was added to hot dogs, there has been a sharp drop in the number of people who die from colon cancer.
However researchers say the incidence of colon cancer has not changed that much. Medical experts believe earlier detection is likely behind the reduction in death rates.