Posts Tagged ‘hot dog’

On Memorial Day, Hot Dogs and Hamburgers Cause Bad Breath

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means parades, beach trips and, of course, barbecues. Hamburgers and hot dogs are two staples of the holiday, something that lots of folks look forward to. But what they may not be thinking about is that franks, wieners, dogs and burgers can cause bad breath.

Believe it or not, there’s research to back this up. Lots of research.

Nitrites: Hot dogs’ hidden cause of halitosis

Plenty of ink has already been spilled about nitrites and nitrates, which are two preservatives used in hot dogs, mainly to prevent botulism. If consumed in significant quantities, these compounds increase the risk of cancer and hypertension. However, they may also lead to hot dog breath.

In an article published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation and, in all seriousness, titled Haldane, Hot Dogs, Halitosis and Hypoxic Vasodilation, researchers explored how eating nitrite-laden hot dogs can increase the amount of nitric oxide in your blood, causing bad breath, among other things.

A separate study appearing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has a rundown of the complete odor spectrum, good and bad, emitted by frankfurters.

And if you think that academic articles only address the link between hot dogs and halitosis, you’re oh so wrong.

Hamburgers get raked over the coals, too

A newer study, this one published in the stern-sounding journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry, took a peek at the odor-causing compounds found in “ground beef added with garlic and red wine, and irradiated with charcoal pack.” (We’re pretty sure that means “grilled.”)



Competitive Eaters have Bad Breath to Worry About

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

As we have discussed in other articles and posts, diet definitely can have an impact on your breath. Savory, fatty foods and those that are high in protein can often lead to bad breath. The consumption of these foods can leave your mouth coated in grease, food particles and foul-smelling odor molecules.

Pizza and hot dogs are two delicious foods that can often result in bad breath, if the proper oral care products are not used. Now imagine trying to each 68 hot dogs in ten minutes. That is exactly what American Joey Chestnut did in 2009 in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Competition, beating out the long standing, six time champ Takeru Kobayashi. Quickly engorging on that many protein-packed hot dogs full of carbohydrates and scrap meat will definitely not do your breath (or your digestive system) any favors.

Foods rich in protein often result in bad breath as they release ketones and ammonia when the protein molecules are broken down. These bad smelling particles travel in the bloodstream, into the lungs where they are exhaled as foul smelling odor.  It is safe to assume that eating 68 hot dogs in ten minutes doesn’t lend itself to chewing thoroughly. This also makes it harder on your digestive system to break down the proteins.


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