In honor of National Hot Dog Month, Applegate Farms is inviting eaters to learn about what’s actually in the hot dogs they love so much. The company recently sponsored a national survey, conducted by Toluna Omnibus, to better understand how Americans feel about what is in their hot dogs and what they put on them. While they found regional differences in what people like on their hot dogs, an overwhelming 77 percent of respondents – a national sample of 1045 US adults aged 18+, balanced on key demographics – are concerned about what’s in their hot dogs.
“Hot dogs have become the poster child for ‘mystery meat,’ and it’s no wonder with ingredients like sodium diacetate and partially hydrolyzed beef stock on most conventional hot dog labels,” said Stephen McDonnell, co-founder and CEO of Applegate, in a press release. “Our survey found that many people have a love-hate relationship with hot dogs, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”