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What's in Your Hot Dog?

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Posted July 3, 2013 by peta2 staff

Ever wonder what goes into a hot dog? The answer may surprise you.

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Want Cancer With That?

Hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites because they preserve the reddish hue of animal flesh, but multiple studies have linked these preservatives to cancer. Even hot dogs marked “organic” or “natural” contain these carcinogenic chemicals. 

Tastes Like … Fear

When animals suffer from prolonged stress during transport and slaughter, the result is dark, firm, and dry meat. It’s way too unappetizing to sell as is, but grind it up and hide it among other animal bits, such as pig snouts, cow lips, and goat gullets, and voila! Frankfearters.

Mmmm … Bugs

The extra “ingredients” that have shown up in hot dogs include worms, maggots, rodent parts, glass shards, and a Band-Aid. One person even reported finding an INTACT DRAGONFLY in one.

Put Your Dog on a Diet

Hot dogs are also loaded with fat: Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Franks have 13 grams of fat—5 of which are saturated—and only 5 grams of protein. By contrast, vegan Lightlife Smart Dogs have only 2 grams of fat—0 of which are saturated—and actually contain more protein (7 grams) than a beef hot dog!

What You Can Do

Try delicious veggie dogs instead!

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  • 402 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I knew there was questionable ingredients in hot dogs; now I know exactly what they are

  • Profile photo of rachel16

    718 days ago

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    I was never a fan of hot dogs good thing I never ate them

  • Profile photo of Fatima

    725 days ago

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    ugh. never eating a hot dog again

    • Profile photo of Whitney-C

      725 days ago

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      You can have a veggie dog instead! :)

  • Profile photo of stopthisanimalcruelty99

    725 days ago

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    Ick! I can’t believe people still eat these. 😛

  • Profile photo of alexblue

    726 days ago

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    They should just be called wickedwieners…there’s nothing good or hot or dog-related about them. If I was a dog, I’d protest the term “hot dog” as trademark infringement. 😉

  • Profile photo of hakred

    729 days ago

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    Yikes..

  • Profile photo of Dagmar

    729 days ago

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    It’s nasty some people know this and will still eat them. Blech. Soydog for me please.

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