Hot dogs might also be unhealthy because their ratio of fat to protein is inherently unhealthy. On average you could expect 18 grams of fat to 9 or 10 grams of protein. In contrast, white meat turkey has 0 grams of fat for 9 grams of protein in one ounce of turkey.
Studies and survey shown that children who eat more than a dozen hot dogs in a month have a 9% increased risk of leukemia. If the father has frequently eaten hotdogs before conceiving, his child has an increased increased risk of cancer.
It is the ingredients in some hot dogs that is what is ” bad for you”. The bad stuff would typically be preservatives and saturated fats. The secret to feeling good about eating a hot dog would be to find one that tastes good and is good for you! Find a brand without sodium nitrite(typical preservative in hot dogs) and is low in fat (especially the saturated). Finding this combination changes the” bad dog” into the” good dog”!!! Actually a good source of protein. So can this good dog still be tasty? Through persistent trials I have found my good dog. Somehow with a magic mix of ingredients that does not include “bad stuff”, Trader Joe’s all natural chicken dog is still tasty. No preservatives, 9 grams protein and .5 gram sat fat!!
It contains a large number of cancerogenic substances.
Some hot dogs are bad for you. Others are not. If you’re eating whole meat versions with no preservatives, low sodium, organic meats, etc…they can be fine. Just don’t wash them down with soda or beer or lifeless bread. Add some pickled vegetables to the top and get a nice multigrain bread.
Here’s the ingredients of a Vienna Hot Dog: Beef, water, salt, corn syrup, dextrose,mustard, natural flavorings and coloring, garlic juice, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, extractives of paprika.
Here are the ingredients in a Hebrew National Hot Dog: Beef, Water, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Sodium Lactate, Spice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein,Paprika, Sodium Diacetate, Garlic Powder, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite, Flavorings.