Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Hot Dogs and Fiber– Just What The Doctor Ordered

WASHINGTON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The 90th Annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest takes place Monday (Jul. 4) and one cancer prevention expert is dishing out some advice that could give the contestants “the runs” for their money.

Dr. Neal Barnard of The Cancer Project is one of many M.D.s concerned about the link between high consumption of processed meats – like those wieners scarfed down at eating contests – and colon cancer.

Studies indicate eating these meats consistently over time increases the risk of colon cancer by 30 to 50 percent.

The good news for champion hot dog-inhalers like Takeru Kobayashi, says Barnard, is that “a single bad meal won’t do it.” The bad news is, “Heaven knows if he practices a lot and competes a lot.”

Dr. Barnard suggests competitors eat fiber after the contest because, “it does move things along faster.”

But don’t think of it as a cure-all. In Dr. Barnard’s words, “That’s like having a wheat filter on your cigarette.”

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