Study found your vegetarian hot dog may contain meat and human DNA

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Study: Vegetarian Hot Dogs May Contain Meat, Human DNA


Do you believe your hotdogs are healthier because they are vegetarian? Think again. According to Fox News, researchers at startup lab Clear Food tested 345 hot dogs from 75 different brands and found that 14.4 percent of them had some problematic ingredient in them. The startup uses "next-generation genomic technology" to analyze the world's foods at a molecular level and test their quality. What did they find? You vegetarian hot dogs may not be vegetarian at all.

The study found meat in hot dogs that were supposed to be vegetarian and pork in some that were labeled as kosher. More troubling, the research found even human DNA in two percent of the samples, part of which were also labeled as vegetarian.



The report also found the following:

- 10 percent of vegetarian products contained meat;
- Labels of some vegetarian products exaggerated the amount of protein in the item by as much as 2.5 times.
- Vegetarian items accounted for 67 percent of the hygienic issues found in the report.
- Pork substitution in three percent of the samples. In most cases, pork was substituted for chicken or turkey.

These are probably enough facts to convince most people to think twice before purchasing hot dogs again, but in case you can't resist, here are some ideas of what to put on top of them:

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Study found your vegetarian hot dog may contain meat and human DNA

Hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and pickles. 

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Classic hot dogs with ketchup and mustard.

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A pair of hot dogs, fresh off of the campfire and topped with cheese, onions, chili and cilantro.

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The frankfurters in Sonic's new lineup all start with a grilled, all-beef hot dog inside a "soft, warm bakery bun," and are each differentiated by their fixings: the All-American Dog has ketchup, mustard, relish, and chopped raw onions (386 calories); the Chili Cheese Coney is topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese (420 calories); the New York Dog has spicy mustard, grilled onions, and sauerkraut (352 calories); and the Chicago Dog is topped with a pickle spear, relish, tomatoes, hot peppers, chopped raw onions, celery salt, and mustard, with poppy seeds on the bun (435 calories).

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Gourmet Grilled All Beef Hots Dogs with Sides and Chips

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Classic hot dogs on seeded buns with ketchup and mustard

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Kurobata Pork Dog and hot dog on white dish.

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Ketchup, mustard, onion and relish on a hot dog with US Flag.

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Grilled hot dog with raw red onions and spicy mustard.

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Three types of gourmet hot dogs. Zucchini, Pepper and onion with Chicken Dog, Sauerkraut, Beef Dog on Pretzel Baguette, Beef and Pork with shrimp, Avocado and Nori.

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Hot dog with relish, raw onions, chopped tomato, and fries.

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