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  • Writer's picturePeggi Ingram

What's in a HotDog?

It is getting warmer out and I am seeing quite a bit of hot dogs on the menu. They are one of our favorite foods but have you ever wondered what are in those things?

Here is a great visual of what is in the hotdog. Hardly any meat at all, alot of filler such as corn syrup, dried milk, sugar, grains, chemicals, etc. to name a few.

And did you know that eating just one hot dog a day raises your risk for colorectal cancer by 21 percent, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research. When heated, nitrates and nitrites in processed meats combine with amines to form nitrosamines, proven to be carcinogenic.

So if you are going to eat hot dogs or other processed meats once in awhile, there are a few considerations that may help you reduce your risk of adverse health affects. Again, these options are not ideal as these meats are still processed, but the following guidelines will ensure you are consuming a product that is better for you than the vast majority of processed meats on the market:

  • Look for "uncured" varieties that contain NO nitrates

  • Choose varieties that say 100 percent beef, 100 percent chicken, etc. This is the only way to know that the meat is from a single species and does not include byproducts

  • Avoid any meat that contains MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavor, or artificial color

So the next time you consider eating a hot dog - you may want to think again.

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