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Americans Want to Know: What’s in My Hot Dog?

June 26, 2012 6:12 am

As National Hot Dog Month approaches in July and Americans prepare to chow down on an estimated 150 million wieners on Independence Day alone, a new survey finds that while many Americans differ in preferences for what's on their hot dogs, 77 percent of Americans are concerned about what's in their hot dogs.

Despite consumers' hunger for hot dogs, the survey, sponsored by organic and natural meat firm Applegate, also found that 74 percent agree that most are of "low quality."

The survey found that 81 percent of people who consume hot dogs would rather purchase franks with a short ingredient statement that listed beef, water, sea salt and spices versus one with items like sodium phosphate and sodium nitrite. Additionally, 73 percent of respondents thought it was important for hot dogs to be made from animals that were not administered antibiotics or hormones, underscoring just how important this issue has become for shoppers.

In an effort to help Americans better understand what's really in their hot dogs, Applegate launched www.whatsinyourhotdog.com earlier this month. On the website, visitors can interact with videos and graphics rife with wiener puns and fun frank facts.

The "What's In Your Hot Dog Survey" showed that when it comes to condiments, the yellow stuff cuts the mustard. Mustard was the top topping, followed by ketchup, onions and relish. The topping used least often is tomatoes.

The survey revealed some regional favorites for dressing a dog.
  • For Southerners, chili edges out relish and onions and comes in just behind mustard and ketchup.
  • Midwesterners enjoy pickles on their franks more than any other region of the country.
  • It's cheese please for hot dog eaters in the Western United States.
  • Northeasterners like to top their franks with sauerkraut.
Source: Applegate.com

Published with permission from RISMedia.

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