Everyone prefers to eat healthily. But from time to time, we'd want to cheat on our diet with some unhealthy treat - simply for the palate pleasure. From burgers to fries, to hot dogs - junk food has a special place when we want to give in to our taste buds.
Whether we prefer to eat unhealthy sometimes or consist our diets of it - but we know that their consumption isn't healthy in a long run. But what if I tell you that excessive carbs and fats aren't the only things to fear from these street treats. There is some crude reality which can make your appetite for hot dogs go cold, and probably you won't even eat it again.
Ever wondered about how they are actually made? Check it out here and decide, when you plan on eating hot dogs again if you want to eat them or not.
Although, it is a good Halloween costume for a dog. But rest assured, the hot dogs aren't really made from dogs.
Hot dogs seem to be one of the tastiest food items. But do you how they are made?
Juicy, meaty sausages perfectly grilled and placed between buns topped with mustard sauce and ketchup - this tasty treat holds a secret behind it's making.
Making of a sausage basically comprises of 'trimmings' that are slice-away pieces and left-overs from the steaks, pork and chicken. But did you know? Apart from the meat, the recipe also includes body organs like hearts, kidneys, head meat and livers.
First of all, the trimmings and slices (generally consisting of red meat) are accumulated.
The trimmings are then raked in to be chopped up for further process. The pieces are pushed together through a metal grate, reducing and compressing the pile of meat.
This grated meat is then blended to form a gooey mass that is sent to be seasoned. Although it might look disgusting, this is not what's a health hazard.
The blend is sent for spice addition. The voice-over from the video tells that the spices vary according to where the sausages will be consumed. The video is linked at the end of the article.
While the blend and spices mix well, water is added along with corn syrup - to make it smoother, sweeter and more consistent.
While the blend and spices mix well, water is added along with corn syrup - to make it smoother, sweeter and more consistent. But it's not really the consumption of left-over meat and a ridiculous amount of corn syrup that you need to fear.
The meat batter is then pureed in an emulsion form as it further goes ahead to be seasoned. This is where the real threat begins.
Processes include salting, curing, fermenting, and smoking. The batter is pushed through the processors that squeeze it down into cylindrical sausages, that are, alongside, packaged in cellulose coats. These are then sent for washing and smoking for flavouring as they are baked.
The coating is removed by peelers, and Voila! Juicy sausages are ready to be packaged. Nothing dramatic or harmful, right? I wish I could say so. According to American Cancer Society, eating 50 grams of processed meat (Bacon, sausage, ham, etc.) every day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. That's the equivalent of about 4 strips of bacon or 1 hot dog.
Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, American Cancer Society managing director of nutrition and physical activity, says, "We should be limiting red and processed meat to help reduce colon cancer risk, and possibly, the risk of other cancers. The occasional hot dog or hamburger is okay."
But after watching this video, I think you're gonna think twice before trying out this 'delicious' treat.
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