Hot dogs are a summer classic, but did you know that the process of making them is anything but appetizing? You may be surprised (and even disgusted) to learn just how these processed meats are created. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into hot dog production and why you may want to stay away from them altogether.
Most people are aware that hot dogs contain meat, but few know exactly what kind of meat it is. Most hot dogs contain pork, beef, chicken, and turkey, but some brands also add other elements like fat, water, salt, starch fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavors. The end product is a mystery mix of all of these ingredients.
Once the ingredients have been combined into their final form, the mixture is forced into casings made from cellulose or collagen. This process is known as “stuffing.” After this is complete, the hot dogs are cooked in either water or steam and then refrigerated until they’re ready to be sold.
Finally, when it’s time for consumption, hot dogs are typically heated up on a grill or boiled in water before being served. Even though they may look like an innocent backyard barbecue treat while they sizzle on the grill or boil in a pot of water, the truth is far less savory.
It might sound surprising to learn how little most people know about the history and creation of hot dogs—and it should! Even if you do decide to enjoy a hot dog once in awhile remember that moderation is key. It’s important to make sure that your diet consists mostly of fresh fruits and vegetables with limited amounts of processed meats like hotdogs for optimal health.
Personally, I just buy better hot dogs instead of getting the cheaper ones like I used to eat when I was a kid.