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Hot dogs, pepperoni pizza, sausages, deli meats have all been demonized by the food police as not healthy.

For years we have heard that grilled meats and meats cooked at extremely high temperatures are bad for us because of the cancer causing carcinogens, or HCA’s in them. HCA’s have been linked to cancer.

Hot dogs, wieners, and sausages were especially supposed to be bad for us.

Well last spring some researchers at Kansas City University turned that theory on its head. The results of the study were reported in a journal titled, Meat Science. It eventually made its way into Time Magazine.

The researchers heated up hot dogs, bacon, deli meats, pepperoni, and chicken in an oven or a  microwave oven. Then they studied the meat and looked for the number of carcinogens they contained.

Ready for a shock?

Rotisserie chicken had the most carcinogens. Pepperoni had the least. Hot dogs and deli meat were right behind pepperoni.

For years scientists have been telling us that carcinogens are bad for us. REALITY CHECK & TRANSLATION: What the research actually says is that carcinogens can raise the risk of cancer in some people. In other words there is an association, but it has not been proved carcinogens are the cause.

In other words, if you eat no hot dogs you may still get cancer. And conversely, you can eat a lot and not get cancer.

But now we find out that the risk or asssociation is even less with hot dogs and other deli style meats and more so with chicken skin.

Actually, the bun most hot dogs come with is probably far worse for you than the hot dog, especially all beef dogs, because the bun contains lots of carbs.

Hot dogs and other deli meats are high in fats. But as we discussed in Diet Myth # 1 Fat Is Bad For You, fats are a necessary nutrient the body needs to survive.

What kind and how much of these type foods you eat is a personal decision made by you alone, perhaps in consultation with your doctor.

I know when I go to a baseball game I am still going to have  a hot dog! Same for the 4th of July!

As I always say, eating a varied, colorful diet in moderation is generally best for most of us. And by the way, just  go light on the bread.

Hot Diggity Dog Diggity!!!!!!!!!

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Featured Recipe     
Pasta with Cabbage and Italian Sausage

You just knew I had to share a sausage recipe today after the hot dog news. And what a nice sausage recipe it is too!

However, I could not find my favorite Bob Evans sausages. Apparently they have stoped making them. I will have to check this out. What I did find though, was Bob Evans Italian sausage in a roll. Made no difference.

This is a quick and easy, very budget freindly, and filling dish too. Cabbage fried in butter is heavenly in and of itself. Add Italian sausage and you take it up a couple of notches.

And at only $1.34 per person this is super budget friendly.

This is what you will need for 4 people:

1 pound of Italian sausage*

1 medium sized cabbage sliced

5 or so ounces pasta such as rotini twists

4-5  tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper to taste

*Or sausage of your choice

Here is what you do:

Put the pasta water up to boil.

Core and cut the cabbage into slices.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain.

While the pasta is cooking  brown the sausage over medium heat in about a teaspoon of the butter until done and no pink remains crumbling it into small pieces as you go along.

When cooked through remove sausage from the pan. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Add the remaining butter to the pan. Scrape up any browned bits in the pan and mix into the butter. Those browned bits have loads of flavor in them.

Add the cabbage, in two batches if necesary………..

…….. and cook over medium heat stirring occasionally until cooked and beginning to brown around the edges adding more butter if necessary.

Use your nose to tell when you the cabbage is beginning to brown. Your sense of smell is a great way to cook.

When the cabbage is browned to your liking stir the sausage and the pasta into the cabbage and heat until warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If dry, stir in some more butter.

Serve and enjoy. Goes well with a fruit salad and bread and butter.

Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 pound of Italian sausage               $2.78

1 medium sized cabbage                 $1.34

5 or so ounces pasta                       $0.65

4-5 tablespoons butter                    $0.60             

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $5.37
Cost per person = $1.34

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