|Two of the most loved fast foods, the sausage and the hot dog enjoy enormous popularity among the people in the U.S.A. Time and again, questions are raised about the health safety of these foods. This article attempts to clear all prejudices and misconceptions surrounding these fast foods and bring to you the real truth about sausages and hotdog. Read on to know about it all. If you enjoy reading this article, click here and pass it on to your friends for their benefit. Have a great Hot Dog Day!|
|Since their birth, the poor hot dogs and sausages have been the subject of endless speculations. Doubts on whether they are safe to be consumed have been raised from time to time by health experts as well as doctors and dieticians. But the fact is, these are risk-free foods that have good nutritional value and actually contribute to our health rather than being detrimental to it.
Like all meat and poultry products, hot dogs are nutrient-rich sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. An average 1.6 ounce hot dog contains 5-7 gms of protein, 13 gms of fat, 450 milligrams of sodium, B vitamins and other vitamins like niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin (contained in pork), minerals like iron and zinc and possibly up to 3.5 percent non-meat ingredients, such as non-fat milk, cereal or dried whole milk, or 2 percent isolated soy protein and about 150 calories. Calorie-conscious people can opt for one of those low-fat or zero fat hot dogs varieties that give as little as 35 calories and are great to taste.
Till recently, all hot dogs and sausages consisted mostly of pork and/or beef which has changed with the introduction of newer varieties made from either chicken or turkey. Most of the hot dogs and sausages consumed have meats of the same superior quality that shoppers buy directly from their grocer's meat case. This is in accordance with the law issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that requires the use of muscle meat, similar to the fresh ground meat sold in supermarkets, in hot dogs and sausages. The other ingredients used include water, salt, sugar, spices and curing agents.
Hot dogs as well as sausages are far less vulnerable to contamination than other meat products. This is because they are pre-cooked and cured foods which makes them much less susceptible to "spoilage," including bacterial pathogens, that most shoppers perceive as the greatest threat to food safety.
It is to be remembered that hot dogs and sausages are light foods and should best be enjoyed as part of a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. Nonetheless, they can well be regarded as a positive component of a healthy diet. These are among the safest meat products consumers can buy and are preferred by many health freaks for their overall nutrition value. Weight Watchers as well as many other popular and medically-approved diets include hot dogs in their diet regimen. The fact that NASA has sanctioned hot dogs as a regular item on its space missions is proof enough of the safety quotient of the food.
Filled with a mouth-watering array of herbs and spices, hot dogs and sausages are a deadly combination of taste and food value. The fact that they are easy to prepare makes them all the more popular. No wonder then that these form an essntial part of American culture and diet.
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