I am not going to pretend that I do not enjoy fast food snack (more than) once in a while, I do. I really do! I enjoy a spicy schwarma, especially in the winter months when it is cold and dark. I like to eat a China Box (chicken & rice with sweet and sour sauce, hmmmmm) any time of the year. Even on the odd occasion I will venture out and purchase forever popular pizza slice. But now there is something I have never really been a fan of: Bratwursts and hot dogs. They just don’t seem like food to me.I have never really understood how they have a pink colour and a weird texture. It is meant to be made from meat but always look and feel like soft rubber. A rubber toy (If you know what I mean…)
I am not the average hot dog eater. In fact the average American eats 70 hot dogs each year and over 7 million currywursts are eaten annually in Berlin alone!
Be afraid, very afraid!
But do you know what actually goes into creating these delicious fast food favourites? Well, I am here to expose a few unknown truths!
In addition to containing 20% of your recommended daily salt intake, the average hot dog is 10% water. Now this doesn’t sound that surprising I know but do you know what “mechanically recovered meat (also known as mechanically separated meat)” is? Well it’s when you produced by forcing bones, with attached edible tissue, through a sieve or similar device under high pressure. Not my words but the words from the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA). Wikipedia has a very similar description too. The boys and girls at the eatclean blog have written a great article about it. Read here for more detailed info.
What are my options?
I recommend thinking twice before succumbing to the temptation of eating a hot dog. There are many other fast food options that are much healthier for you that will satisfy your late night cravings.
But not chicken nuggets. Don’t get me started on how chicken nuggets are made…