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Researchers say hot dogs healthier than previously thought

Researchers at Kansas State University said hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli meats are relatively free of carcinogens.

March 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Ready-to-eat meats such as hot dogs may not be as bad for you as you think.

Researchers at Kansas State University said they discovered hot dogs, pepperoni, and deli meats are relatively free of carcinogens.

Meanwhile, meats that are cooked at high temperatures, such as bacon or rotisserie chicken, were found to contain higher levels of the cancer-causing compound.

Scientists believe the high water content and certain ingredients in ready-to-eat meats may prevent carcinogens from forming during cooking.