You've probably heard it all before: processed meats are bad for you.
But, did you know that one of the most popular foods in America is also one of the biggest cancer-causing foods on the market? The hot dog is a classic BBQ dish that kids and parents love because it is simple, tasty and easy to prepare. But, do you really know how it's made?
If you would prefer to live in denial, then don't scroll down. But, if you're ready to give up on hot dogs forever, let's do this!
As you'd expect, hot dogs are made up of beef and chicken. But they also include the animals' testicles, hearts, kidneys and livers.
Here are the first few steps in the hot dog making process...
Meat trimmings are fed into a grinder
It is passed through grated, metal plates
Processed chicken trimmings are added to the mix
Then the meat is liquefied
Workers add food starch, salt and ground mustard along with other flavorings.
It is blended in a vat with water
Corn syrup adds sweetness
Add more water...
The mixture is pureed and air is vacuumed out
Still not ready to give up on hot dogs? Watch the whole process below...