Tabitha: I work as a dietitian in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and was contacted by CBC radio to do an interview about….”Hot Dogs, how bad are they really?” listen to the link below.
1. Know where your food is coming from. When you eat beef or caribou you know it is made from cows and caribou. There is no “hot dog” animal, so why are you eating it? The more a food is processed, the less healthful it is.
2. Hot dogs are a low quality meat made out of “mechanically separated meat” which is the unpalatable parts of the animal ground up and mixed with fat, salt and spices.
3. Hot dogs and other processed meats are high in nitrates which increases your risk of colorectal cancers (according to Canadian Cancer Society). One study in the United States saw that 1 serving of processed meat a day (such as hot dogs, sausages, bologna, salami, bacon, etc) increases your risk of colorectal cancers by 20%!
4. Hot dogs are high in saturated fats which are unhealthy for your heart health.
5. Hot dogs are loaded in sodium (salt), 4 hot dogs add up to your daily limit for salt….never mind the salty condiments that we add.
Better camping food choices?
1. Tin foil meals of meat, potatoes, vegetables and sauces heated in the fire coals.
2. Make pizza pockets out of pie irons with bread, sauces, vegetables and other toppings.
3. Make a camp stew or soup over the fire.
4. Lean hamburger patties, dried fish or meat.
Overall? Know what goes in your food! Eat processed foods in moderation. Happy camping!