We all know that all of them are bad for our health.
Did you see the big news about the two major hot dog brands going to Federal court as the “weiner wars begin?” This was the lead paragraph in a USA Today article on 8-16-11.
CHICAGO — The nation’s two largest hot dog makers took their legal beefs to federal court Monday, where a judge will determine whether Oscar Mayer or Ball Park franks broke false-advertising laws in their efforts to become top dog…Thousands of pages of filings in three years of pretrial litigation by both food-industry giants demonstrate that the stakes are high…”There’s never been anything of this scope . . . in the entire history of hot dogs,” said Sara Lee’s attorney, Richard Leighton.
It is really sad to see how much time, money, and energy is being put into a battle where almost everyone knows that ALL of the products involved are among the least-healthy foods we can put in our mouth. Yet, while their lack of nutritional value is widely known, the almighty hot dog is one of the most ubiquitous items on our kids menus all across the nation. Like sausage, no one really wants to know what’s in it or how it is made. But the lawsuit is all about truth in advertising and whether or not the respective products are 100 percent beef or not — as if beef were some health food that we should be consuming in great quantities. From the article:
The lawsuit contends that while Oscar Mayer touted its Jumbo Beef Franks as “100 percent pure beef,” that claim is untrue, it cast aspersions on Ball Park franks and damaged their sales.
Kraft defends the “100 percent pure beef” tag, saying its intent was to state that the only meat used is beef. Some hot dogs include a mix of turkey, pork, chicken or other meats. Kraft further argues that the “pure beef” label is justified because surveys show a perception among some consumers that hot dogs contain “mystery meats.”
Unfortunately, the hot dog has become a cherished piece of Americana even though we know it’s not good for our health. I think it’s time for America to adopt a new national food — something very healthy from the plant kingdom. How about the apple, the potato or the watermelon? Anything but a hot dog.
Out of curiosity, I went to NutritionData.com today and looked up the nutritional facts for both Oscar Mayer and Ball Park all beef franks. As expected, they are both bad, and are examples of the kinds of “food” that I would never feed to anyone I loved — especially my own children. Here’s the scorecard for our two weiner giants:
- Calories from fat per serving: 123 and 150
- Percent fat per serving: 84% and 79%
- Saturated fat per serving: 6 gr. and 7 gr.
- Cholesterol per serving: 25 mg. and 35 mg.
- Sodium per serving: 461 mg. and 550 mg.
- Added sugar per serving: 1 gr. and 2 gr.
The entire article was ludicrous, so much so that I couldn’t even justify reading the entire piece. But just in case you’re interested, I have provided the USA Today link below.
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