Frequently found everywhere from hot dog stands on the street corners to summertime barbecues and picnics, hot dogs are a popular food eaten around the world, but consuming this food isn’t necessarily the best idea.
The standard hot dog is made from the trimmings of beef and pork, which are ground up and blended up into a batter along with any additional ingredients, like seasonings, curing ingredients and sodium nitrite to help boost both shelf life and color. This mixture then goes into a machine that pumps them into cellulose casings that are then cooked, doused in cold water and packaged into the individual links that you find at the grocery store.
While hot dogs may be a go-to favorite for many when it comes time to fire up the grill, they may not make the healthiest addition to your diet. Not only are they highly processed meat and filled with potentially harmful chemicals like nitrates, nitrites and MSG, but there have also been a series of hot dog recall warnings that call into question the safety of your favorite frankfurter.
In this episode of Ancient Medicine Today, I’m talking about what is actually in a hot dog, why you should be scared of them, and what are some healthy alternatives.
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