Can Hot Dogs be Good for You?

Hot dogs–junk food, right?  Well, the traditional ones contain those controversial nitrites, and they give me headaches even if I just smell them cooking.


All-natural hot dogs still contain nitrites, but at least they are from food sources.

When I was extremely sick, I had trouble digesting meat.  So I basically stopped eating it.  Three or four months later, I began to experience weakness and other low-protein/low-iron symptoms.

But all kinds of meat I tried increased my daily stomach pain, a lot.  Elk was the worst.  (Later found out elk can be hard to digest.)

What to do?

Steve found all-natural hot dogs.  My weakness was concerning and sure trumped any concerns over “perfect” food.

It worked!  For about 2 years, hot dogs became my main source of meat protein.  I got better.

So, hot dogs helped me!

Obviously, I was not in ideal situations, or able to eat “ideal” meats.  (And I was sad that I couldn’t just skip meat altogether, but my body is too broken by mold and chemicals.)

Why did hot dogs go so much better?  Maybe because they are “pre-digested” in machines??  Ew.  LOL

Okay, so even all-natural hot dogs will never really be a “health food.”  But I was grateful for them!

(Now in the low-tox house, I can eat any kind of meat I want, as long as I don’t eat too much of one kind in a week.)

Christa Upton   Black Hills Picture Books   Edgemont, SD


About Christa Upton

I am a wife and mother of three children ages 11, 14, and 18. I used to be a stay-at-home mom (teaching piano & dance, volunteering, etc). From 2007 to 2010, I suffered accidental Toxic Injury (also called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or MCS). MCS has had major impact on our family, but the forced time in bed has given me time to write. So far, I have published 4 children's books (2 in e-book format on Kindle, one in Print-on-Demand at CreateSpace, and one printed by a local printer). Sometimes I miss my old life, but I love writing for children!
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