2. Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are a childhood favorite, especially in the summertime when family barbecues are a dime a dozen. Your children can easily eat them with their hands, they can roasted by a campfire for some evening fun, and there is basically next to no preparation for them. What’s not to like? Well, food experts point out that dogs often contain high levels of nitrates, which help preserve the meat. All cured meats contain this compound, including bacon and lunch meats. Nitrate free varieties use vegetable processed nitrate alternatives, which are still unhealthy. Instead, opt for sausages that aren’t pre-cooked and inspect the package to ensure they’re nitrate free or buy them from a healthy butcher!