Healthy Hot Dogs for Labor Day!Nutrition | Dr. Nishant Rao | August 30, 2009 at 6:29 am
I’m in the US for a few days this week visiting my in-laws and just realized it’s labor day weekend! You know what that means: hot dogs!
The problem is that eating a lot of hot dogs can equal cancer of the colon, pancreas and COPD. It’s not the hot dogs themselves of course, it’s the cancer-causing sodium nitrite, a food preserving chemical that should have been, and almost was, banned in the 1970s by the USDA.
But hey, it’s labor day and I’m definitely going to eat a hot dog or two. Or three. Soon I’ll be back in Thailand and who knows when I’ll see another hot dog? I’ve made a list of alternative healthy dogs and condiments that we’ll have at our table this weekend because they don’t have to be unhealthy:
- Nitrite-free hot dogs like Applegate Farms
- Raw sauerkraut
- Grainy mustard
- Some home made ketchup sauce
- Local arugula
- A toasty sprouted bun or a corn tortilla if you’re feeling really daring
- A gluten free beer
It’s good to be back in the US this weekend. A happy labor day weekend everyone and let us know what you’re grilling in the comment section!
Dr. Nishant Rao is a co-founder of WellWire.com. He is a well-traveled naturopathic doctor and new father, practicing an integrative approach to create wellness in and around Los Angeles. Become a patient or discover his practice.