Hot Dogs…Do YOU know what is in the Hot Dog you are eating?


I thought I knew much of what went into the food we eat and when I started this series quite by chance the other week I was shocked…And it takes quite a lot to shock me… I don’t eat Hot Dogs and never have … Unless it was a home-made sausage or a good sausage or I  was at a BBQ and have eaten the occasional proper sausage… So rare for me I haven’t had one yet this year so that tells you how often I eat any sausage…

There are many processed sausages and balls here…All displayed and looking tempting.

sausages - fish balls

Look at that display it is bright, colourful and I can see how it could tempt anybody to eat one…

But, honestly, when I look at anything like that I feel sick… I have always had an aversion to any food when I don’t know the origin and couldn’t guess as to the ingredients…

So taking an educated guess I would say in one way or another that wherever you travelled to in the world you would see fast food brightly displayed…Shouting Eat me!

Before I go any further I will now tell you what shocked me the most during my research…

To be clear hotdogs DO NOT contain human flesh BUT research by Clear Labs found 2% of ALL hot dogs contain Human DNA…More troubling is 2/3 of hot dogs marked as Vegetarian contain human DNA.

Hot Dog sausages are classic pre-cooked processed meat. it is very troubling to me how much an original ok product has and is changed and for nothing less than profit and greed…Proper ones contain beef or pork it is the other % which is very questionable as to the content. The majority who take up the biggest proportion of space on supermarket shelves.

I do think that old saying that ” YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ” is increasingly true. We all look for a bargain but what are we really getting???


Traditionally made from Pork or Beef BUT it is the less expensive ones we should be aware of and avoid as they are made from chicken/turkey using low-cost mechanical machinery to separate poultry…So what are they separating? The good meat from the bad in a nutshell…

By bad I mean what you wouldn’t normally eat…like gristle, fat, offal, skin, lips, pig snouts, organs and other parts.

Mechanical separating machines separate the bits which are not sellable on the chicken carcass 50% of a hot dogs meat is fat, ground bones, blood vessels and connective tissues.

Hot Dogs also typically contain Sodium, saturated fats and Nitrate which when consumed in excess have been linked to health problems.

Hot Dogs are made by a process called ” Meat Emulsion”  even just those two words make me feel sick and I am surprised that I haven’t actually thrown up…Yet!

So what is in your hot dog?

The casing is made from cleaned lambs intestines which many sausage makers use and if you take the Scots then the Haggis that famous dish made of offal and other meat… the meat is encased in an animal stomach if traditionally made…

That I can accept as I would prefer a natural casing over a synthetic one.

Flavours...Is a very grey area as under US law many flavour combinations can be listed as just flavour rather than individually or use the wording “All flavourings contained in this product are approved for use in the Food and Drug regulations”.

In one of my previous posts, I found that many flavouring and colouring banned in Europe and other countries are not in the US and manufacturers go as far as not using banned substances in any exported goods but use them for goods distributed around the US…I am guessing you can read my mind on the one…



Potassium Lactate... More confusing than gross being a white odourless solid made with Lactic Acid and Potassium Hydroxide.

Corn Syrup, Sodium Nitrate, Msg and antibiotics are also ingredients…All of these could be a separate post on the dangers to health. So watch this space…

Salt… A single hot dog contains 480 milligrams of sodium which equals 20% of RDA. How many people eat more than one hot dog per meal and more than a few times a week?

Another alarming fact is that 3% of Hot Dogs advertised as containing Beef only do actually contain Pork…Why??

Because a set of USDA Rules 1994 state any meat can be removed from the bone by Advanced Meat Recovery (AMM) and can be added to the Hot Dog mixture.

It seems to me that all of these rules are designed to aid food manufacturers and not the public…Their customers…The people who line their greedy pockets…The people who are trusting who believe the advertising…


We should be walking with our feet…We should not be buying any products if it is not clear as to what is in the product. We should not be fobbed off by wording which is blatantly designed to fool.

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients that I cook with have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

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Thank you for reading this post and if you are as shocked as me please share far and wide…We are the consumer and we have the power…Remember that…We also have the final say in what we feed our family …Remember that xxx

52 thoughts on “Hot Dogs…Do YOU know what is in the Hot Dog you are eating?

      1. leggypeggy

        I make almost all our food from scratch, but I haven’t made sausages for many years. On the rare occasions that I buy them, I go to a local butcher who lists all the ingredients on the packet. They are rather famous for their sausages.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        We have one in England like that and if anyone comes over I get them to bring me some..Here unless I know who has made them I steer clear…Local butchers are generally best they have a reputation to protect 🙂

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Yes they do and mostly with added sugars hence peoples addictions… BUT all we can do is find better alternatives or make our own isn’t it?…Thank you for joining in the conversation 🙂

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  2. Losing the Plot

    Ugh. I’ve been veggie for over 45 years, thankfully I don’t eat anything like this, I don’t enjoy things that try to be meat. Whilst I haven’t raised the boys as vegetarians (ha! Chance would be a fine thing!) I’ve never given them anything like this either.

    I wonder where the human DNA came from, poor hygiene standards?

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      1. Losing the Plot

        No – when the horse meat scandal broke here, showing horse meat DNA in a particular premises it was a tiny amount.

        Eg. A piece of meat on a chopping board, meat removed, board washed, surface looks clean, but still retains minute particles of DNA afterwards.

        So by not wearing gloves, and mixing mince by hand, that’s all it would take for human DNA to be present.

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  4. Snuffy

    So important to read labels, even on things you have bought in the past. Ingredients are changed constantly, swapped out for cheaper ones. I don’t eat hotdogs much but will occasionally eat a higher quality, smaller company brand. I don’t necessarily have a problem with eating the whole animal, that is a traditional practice that goes back to the beginning of time. It is only in our modern day that we have gotten away from doing so, plus the mechanization aspect makes it pretty gross sounding and more detached from what humans used to do (and some cultures still do) to take advantage of the entire animal they may have killed for food.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I totally agree everything is too automated and non personal now and that is part of the problem and so much food is wasted when people are starving … Also yes if a company can cut corners it will so we shouldn’t get too complacent because we have always brougt a certain brand

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  5. thatblogwherecheriemovestogermany

    Another reason that I eat very little meat, and I never eat hotdogs or sausages. My Dad would always joke, as he was eating a hotdog, “You knows what’s in these, right? Lips and assholes!” Then he would laugh and take a bite…seems he was right after all. EEWWWW

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Double EEWWWW that made me cringe my post on my food column is sausage tomorrow but homemade that way you know their content 🙂 Thank you for sharing your EEWWWW moment 🙂

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  6. dgkaye

    Gross and informative , lol. I learned at a young age what hot dogs were made of. Me thinks I haven’t eaten one since I was 7 or 8 lol. I also have a rule where I don’t eat things that contain names I can’t pronounce! Great info Carol! ❤ xx

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  8. Chuck

    Hi Carol,
    A great enlightening post and one I don’t (sorry) don’t want to remember too much of the detail. I enjoy hotdogs and attempt to eat only all beef, but now you have revealed that much of the dogs also contain pork and other meat byproducts. I’ve heard for years, if you knew what was in a hot dog, you would never eat them. I try not to think about it and eat them anyway. This is a poor way to look at the foods I eat, but at my age, I’m most likely not going to change. HUGS 😎

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  9. drtanya@saltedcaramel

    I am really glad to see this post because my miss like to eat sausages occasionally
    What are your views about skinless chicken sausages?

    I know that one should read the labels before adding things to our shopping carts but the problem is that ingredients are listed in so fine a print that I can’t read it even with glasses.
    Maybe manufacturers do this on purpose.

    I love this what’s in our food series that you are doing.
    Waiting for more.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I think if you can’t read the labels then they have something to hide …I then don’t buy the product I am pleased you like this series 🙂 Thank you so much for dropping in and commenting 🙂


  10. lesleyconnor

    Yuk. Having children with severe allergies to preservatives made me very aware of what was in foods, and the contents of processed foods is a real eye opener

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know Lesley and this is why so many children and adults have allergies and chronic diseases if you image a family who lives totally on processed foods …All those chemicals in their system if goverments woke up to the fact that their hospitals and medical centres and benefits bills would be slashed …I just cannot get my round all this …Thank you for popping by and commenting 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I do Robert but know where my meat comes from…I don’t eat processed meats and have started these Monday what is in your food posts and to say I am abhorred is an understatement I cannot get my head around the Human DNA now it could be extremely bad hygiene in factories but on that scale to register ??? I was shocked and am even more shocked that governments and politicians who are supposed to have a duty of care for the people who they serve and have elected them…Clearly, don’t ..Sorry for the rant but just wish people were more aware and spoke with their feet because as far as I am concerned parents also have a duty of care to their children…I am truly sorry for the rant Robert and thank you so much for the reblog…:) x

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