We recently had someone ask us what was in red hotdog sausages (aka Frankfurts). Now we all know that without even looking, they are bad! The reason she was asking was that at her children’s school, as a reward the kids get to have a hotdog with the principal. Now, I’m all for rewarding kids and let’s face it, having lunch with the principal is a pretty special thing! Most kids love hotdogs and for most, the hotdog is a special ‘treat’ in itself.
So, I went looking to see exactly what is in these hotdog frankfurts – this is what I found in one particular brand:
Meat including pork (74%), water, frankfurt mix (potato starch, tapioca starch, salt, modified starch (1442), soya protein isolate, soya protein concentrate, stabilisers (451, 341), spices), antioxidant (316), preservative (250), hydrolysed maize protein, spice extract, acidity regulator (325), premix [dextrose (corn), sucrose, stabilisers (450, 452)], Casing: colours (120, 160b, 160c), manufactured meat.
Not very appetising is it? Not only is it not appetising, let’s look at some of these additives and their side effects:
250 – can cause hyperactivity, behavioural problems, asthma, headaches, dizziness and is a suspected carcinogen. It is also prohibited in foods for infants and young children.
120 – is a natural colour derived from crushed beetles and is linked to hyperactivity.
160b – is a natural colour and is linked to skin irritations, behavioural problems, head banging, restlessness, irritability and can raise blood sugar levels.
160c – very little information available about its long term safety.
Hydrolysed Maize Protein – is essentially another name for MSG
So going by this, it’s safe to say that the kids that are being rewarded for their good behaviour, might find the afternoon after having their special lunch a little challenging to get through!
Does your school offer rewards like this to the students or do they do something different? We’d love to hear your ideas!