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.
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…
BANNED means BANNED
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!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
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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