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What does it mean if a hot dog is uncured? What are uncured hot dogs? Uncured hot dogs don’t contain artificial nitrates and nitrites. Instead, the meat is preserved with the naturally occurring nitrates in celery juice or powder. According to McGill University, celery juice contains high levels of natural nitrates.
Is uncured hot dog healthier? According to a 2011 study, uncured meats may contain just as many nitrates/nitrites, if not more, than conventional meats. But whether they have more or less might not matter. For cancer, it’s still unknown if the preservatives are the cause or if it’s something else in cured meats that’s harmful.
Do uncured hot dogs taste different? I know what you’re thinking and allow me to put this question to rest right now – uncured hot dogs taste identical to the cured variety that you have come to know and love. In a blind taste test, trust me, you would have no idea if either or any of them were cured or uncured hot dogs.
What is the healthiest hot dog to eat?
- Best Overall: Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters.
- Best Veggie Hot Dog: Lightlife Smart Dogs.
- Best Beef Hot Dog: Hebrew National All Natural Uncured Beef Franks.
- Best Poultry Hot Dog (it’s a tie!): Ball Park White Meat Smoked Turkey Franks.