by Amy Reiter in Food News & Trends, October 26, 2015
by Sara Reistad-Long in Food News & Trends, July 11, 2014
First, a recent “genomic” analysis by the online food guide Clear Food determined that 14 percent of the 345 different hot dogs and sausages sold under 75 brands it examined contained either ingredients not listed on the label or had “hygienic” issues, in which a “non-harmful contaminant is introduced to the hot dog.” What’s more, 2 percent of the samples were found to contain human DNA. (Ew.)
Vegetarians get no bragging rights, though: Two-thirds of the vegetarian frankfurters tested contained human DNA, and 10 percent of all vegetarian products tested were found to contain meat — be it chicken in a vegetarian breakfast sausage or pork in a veggie hot dog.
Still, some major brands fared better than others: Butterball, McCormick, Eckrich and Hebrew National received especially high marks, as did some regional and specialty brands.
Now, on the heels of that alarming news, comes reason for frankfurter fans to feel even more fearful: Read more
by Katie Cavuto-Boyle in Uncategorized, September 4, 2011
In this week’s news: Rappers delight in healthy eating; Alice Waters predicts a farmers markets bonanza; and scientists do the important work of building a healthier hot dog.
That’s Doug E. Fresh — As In, Fresh Salad
Recently, the Future Leaders Institute charter school in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood hosted a rap performance by Adrian Harris, a member of the pioneering hip-hop group the Cold Crush Brothers. For those familiar with the group’s work, it might be surprising to hear that the artist is focusing his lyrics these days on fruits, vegetables and how to stay healthy. It wasn’t an isolated event. Along with hip-hop artists like Doug E. Fresh, Chuck D and DMC , Harris is part of a movement developed by Hip Hop Public Health that has musicians working with doctors and nutritionists. With songs, videos and games, the artists and health care professionals encourage audience members to become “hip hop public health ambassadors” to their families. Interesting bonus: Some genre purists have heralded the initiative as a chance for hip-hop to return to its roots as a medium for talking about issues of local and social concern.
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, July 5, 2011
- Can you still have one of these on a healthy diet?
On Labor Day weekend, many families will be firing up the grill to cook . . . you guessed it: hot dogs. 95% of American households eat hotdogs (we consume over 20 billion a year). Hot dogs are notoriously high in fat/saturated fat and sodium and most only have about an ounce of protein. So, I bet you’re wondering how you can enjoy your Labor Day cook-out and be health conscious? Here are some tips to a better ‘dog.
Choose a hot dog that is lower in fat (less than 10 g of total fat and 5 g of saturated fat) and sodium (less then 500mg). Look for light or reduced fat versions; fat-free versions usually add more sodium for flavor. Here are some brands that fit the bill.
by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, September 25, 2009
- Burgers or dogs, which is the healthier picnic pick?
In this new series, we’re pitting some of your favorite foods against each other. We’re starting out with the hottest fight of the barbecue season: burger verses hot dog. Who’s the winner of this battle?
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, Kid-Friendly, September 8, 2009
In this week’s nutrition news: A grocery store unveils colored-coded product labels, the USDA launches a farm-to-table initiative and Dannon settles a lawsuit for its products’ immunity-boosting claims.
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by Toby Amidor in Food News & Trends, July 10, 2009
This time around knowing what to feed my toddler is much easier. I know what foods to wait on, the ones to avoid and appropriate portion sizes. But figuring it all out took time, experience and a whole lot of patience (I’ve had practice with two kids already). If you’re confused on what to feed your little one, keep these basics in mind.
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by Dana Angelo White in Dining Out, Healthy Tips, May 26, 2009
From this week’s headlines: Ranking America’s heaviest states, one group warns against eating hot dogs, General Mills has a new line of gluten-free goods and word is that drinking milk may help you eat less.
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Ballpark food isn’t just about hot dogs and Cracker Jacks any more. Whether it’s the little league field or one of those new pro stadiums, food options have exploded (and so have the calorie counts). Don’t strike out — try these tips.
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