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Ever wonder what goes into a hot dog? The answer may surprise you.

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Want Cancer With That?

Hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites because they preserve the reddish hue of animal flesh, but multiple studies have linked these preservatives to cancer. Even hot dogs marked “organic” or “natural” contain these carcinogenic chemicals. 

Tastes Like … Fear

When animals suffer from prolonged stress during transport and slaughter, the result is dark, firm, and dry meat. It’s way too unappetizing to sell as is, but grind it up and hide it among other animal bits, such as pig snouts, cow lips, and goat gullets, and voila! Frankfearters.

Mmmm … Bugs

The extra “ingredients” that have shown up in hot dogs include worms, maggots, rodent parts, glass shards, and a Band-Aid. One person even reported finding an INTACT DRAGONFLY in one.

Put Your Dog on a Diet

Hot dogs are also loaded with fat: Oscar Mayer Classic Beef Franks have 13 grams of fat—5 of which are saturated—and only 5 grams of protein. By contrast, vegan Lightlife Smart Dogs have only 2 grams of fat—0 of which are saturated—and actually contain more protein (7 grams) than a beef hot dog!

What You Can Do

Try delicious veggie dogs instead!

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