What’s Really in a Hot Dog?

Are you a fan of hot dogs?  If you love them on the grill or enjoy a frank at the ballpark, you may want to check out these nutritional facts about hot dogs.  The average American eats roughly 70 hot dogs each year, so it’s important to know what’s actually in your dog.

What’s Actually in a Hot DoHot Dogg?

Most hot dogs are made of beef, pork, or a combination of both.  Although their primary ingredient is meat, they contain only a miniscule amount of protein.  They also contain a ton of sodium and lots of chemicals.  Just read the label and take note of all the ingredients that begin with sodium. 

How Unhealthy Are They?

As mentioned above, they are not a good source of protein.  They usually have 250 calories and of those, 70 to 80 percent are pure fat.  According to a recent Harvard study, one serving of processed meat (one hot dog) per day increased the risk of heart disease by 42 percent, and increased the risk of diabetes by 19 percent.

While they aren’t the healthiest choice, you don’t have to completely banish them from your diet if you love hot dogs.  Just exercise moderation and only have one every now and again.  Only eat the ones that are low in fat and sodium.  Don’t make them a regular staple in your house, and keep them away from your kids.  Save them for special occassions like a trip to the ball park or at a summer barbecue.


Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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