Today we’re going to talk about hot dogs.
You know, like this one.
Seriously, though, we’re going to be talking about hot dogs—the ones you eat.
What we’ll be discussing is what exactly hotdog sausages are made of. And it’s not dogs (or at least we don’t think so).
Hot dogs are a staple of American diet. And they do taste great. But are they good for you?
Hot dogs are made from pork, beef, and chicken. But that’s the best-case scenario.
In reality, apart from meat, hot dogs contain various offal such as hearts, kidneys, and liver. Here’s how this process starts:
All these trimmings are ground up to make sausages.
A huge grinding machine minces the stuff.
Then this mixture goes into a large vat, where various flavorings are added to it. Still hungry for a hot dog?
Liquid is added to the ground meat to make it more homogenous.
An essential ingredient is corn syrup. It makes the meat sweeter and juicier.
This disgusting-looking stuff is put into the casings.
A special machine vacuums the air out of the casings and pumps the stuff inside.
And here are your hot dogs!
Now let’s get to the real point. U.S. dieticians have found that regular hot-dog consumption increases the risk of cancer.
Just one hot dog increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 21%!
The best way to protect yourself is to say no to red and processed meats, or at least cut down on them.
Here’s a video of the whole hotdog-making process:
What do you say? Are you willing to say no to hot dogs?