Hot dogs are made from poor quality ingredients. In addition, the nitrates and nitrites in them, as well as other chemicals used in the sausages, can promote cancer.
Hot dogs are actually a practical invention: the bread is as long as the sausage, so that you always have both in your mouth until the last bite – and your fingers are clean too. But do you actually know what’s inside? We explain it to you here.
Of course, we all know that white bread is not healthy and that too much meat does not really contribute to a healthy diet.
But that’s not all that bad – is it? Yes, if it were only about meat and white flour, then hot dogs would be almost healthy … but read for yourself what is inside!
The hotdog bun
Theoretically, the hot dog bun should only contain what is written on it: flour, water, yeast, sugar, fat, a few emulsifiers with E numbers and the hot dog bun is ready. And theoretically, you can easily bake the rolls yourself.
Without E-numbers and with normal ingredients from your kitchen cupboard. But then it doesn’t last as long as the ones you can buy in the store. And it tastes different too. Why is that?
This is due to the fact that many substances are used in the industrial production of bread that do not have to be declared according to the law. One such ingredient is enzymes.
Among other things, they enhance desirable properties in the production and preservation of baked goods, increase the volume and uniform density of the dough, the crispness of the crust, the intensity of the color or the freshness of uncooled bread.
That is why industrially manufactured bread from the supermarket, bags or toast packs “last forever”: “fresh” bread from the supermarket can be up to eight weeks old!
In supermarkets, petrol stations and bakery shops there are therefore baked goods with a particularly crispy crust and a particularly even shape.
These properties are less due to the art of the baker than to the predictable work of the enzymes and other additives that do not have to be declared.
In rolls, for example, plaster of paris ensures a nice, crunchy crust. Plaster? Yes, the white stuff that sedates broken bones. Delicious bread or hot dog rolls from the supermarket, right?
One thinks that the sausage for the hot dogs should only consist of meat with spices. It would be nice!
Here, too, not all ingredients have to be declared, and even the ingredients that have to be declared do not sound like healthy meat consumption: E numbers, stabilizers, sugar, …
And when you read “meat”, it’s not always the red, juicy muscle meat we think of! It is much cheaper if a large proportion of fat and rind is also processed. What is the rind?
Pure animal fat with the skin of the animal, for example the depilated belly of a pig. With skin. The meat itself is usually leftover meat or pieces of meat that have been machine-scraped from the bone.
The stuff that can’t be sold. And that goes nicely into the sausage with flavor enhancers and other additives that you certainly don’t have in the kitchen cupboard – and then ends up in your hot dog. Neither tasty nor healthy!
Outside the EU, a lot more “messing around” is allowed in sausage production …
The nutritional value
Such a small hot dog is a delicious snack, small, juicy and quickly eaten. And so cheap! You quickly eat more than one. And admittedly, one alone doesn’t fill you up. But how much is enough? What’s really in it in terms of nutritional value?
A hot dog consists of two sources of fat: On the one hand, the bun contains vegetable fat, and on the other hand, the sausage contains animal fat. Both of these add up to 20-25g of fat. For comparison: That’s 2 large tablespoons of salad oil – or 2 ½ packets of butter (individual servings).
When the fried onions are added, fried in fat … we’d rather keep looking at the carbohydrates. These amount to 40 – 45g, depending on the type of roll and the sweetness of the sausage. But unfortunately not of the kind we need!
Most of the carbohydrates in hot dogs are made up of sugar and are not very useful (except as love handles). What’s in it? Egg white, through the sausage. But since most of it consists of fat, the protein content is not that of a piece of meat.
A hot dog has 10 to a maximum of 15 grams of protein. Conclusion: A grill steak in a roll from the artisan baker next door is not the healthiest meal either, but still better than hot dogs – if it has to be meat between bread. Good Appetite!