What exactly is a hot dog? Baseball games, state fairs, all-you-can-eat contests, and wieners on a stick charring over a campfire. Frankfurters may be the ultimate summer food. Americans devour at least 150 million dogs on the 4th of July alone. They are meaty and juicy and pair perfectly with a frosty mug of beer. But what exactly is in a hot dog? Turns out, some of the ingredients aren't quite so savory.
According to Ad Week, the most popular hot dog in the United States is the Ball Park brand by Sara Lee. Here's the ingredients list for their Original Classic Frank: Mechanically separated turkey, pork, water, corn syrup, salt, potassium lactate, sodium phosphates, flavorings, beef stock, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, maltodextrin, sodium nitrate, extractives of paprika.
Mechanically separated meat and poultry (MSM and MSP). The USDA describes these meat products as "a paste-like and batter-like meat [orRead More »from What Is in a Hot Dog?