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Maybe you've wondered if hot dogs have any such health benefits, maybe you've even included them in your list of junk foods. You're right to think they are unhealthy because of those other ingredients put into it. A hot dog slathered with ketchup may be your idea of a tasty meal, but like you may have suspected, there are actually very few benefits to eating this food on a regular basis.

    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that hot dogs can be made from beef, pork, turkey, chicken or a combination of these types of meat. The meat on its own supplies some vitamins and minerals, but the other ingredients put into hot dogs cause this food to be mostly detrimental to your health and to your diet.

Here are the health benefits of eating a hot dog or adding it to your diet at least once a week;


One of the only redeeming qualities of any type of hot dog is that they supply protein. We're already aware that protein is important for growth and development, and also supplies energy. Between 10 and 35 percent of your daily calories should come from protein foods, and a hot dog can help you reach that recommendation. A beef hot dog contains 6 g of protein, a turkey dog has 5.5 grams, a chicken hot dog supplies almost 7 grams. A pork hot dog has the most protein with 9.74 grams.


Another positive effect of eating hot dogs is that you will consume a small amount of iron. Including iron in your diet helps boost your immunity, and also enables your body to circulate sufficient amounts of oxygen. A pork hot dog will supply you with the most iron with 2.81 mg per hot dog. A beef hot dog supplies 0.81 mg, a turkey dog contains 0.66 mg and a chicken hot dog has 0.53 mg.


A hot dog can contain between one-quarter and one-third of the 2,300 mg of sodium you need for an entire day. Unfortunately, a high-sodium diet may put you at an increased risk of stroke, kidney problems and high blood pressure. A chicken hot dog has the least amount of sodium with 380 mg per serving. A turkey hot dog comes with 485 mg. A beef hot dog contains 600 mg of sodium and a pork hot dog contains 620 mg. A low-fat hot dog has the most sodium with 716 mg per serving.

What You Should Watch Out For;

Saturated Fat

The amount of fat in most hot dogs works to cancel out the positive benefits of the protein and iron by making your meal too high in saturated fat. Eating large amounts of saturated fat may cause you to be at an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A pork hot dog has the most saturated fat with 6.6 g per dog. A beef hot dog has 5.9 g and a low-fat hot dog still contains 2.1 grams. Turkey dogs have 1.8 g of saturated fat and chicken hot dogs contain 1.7 grams.

Nitrates and Nitrites

Most hot dogs contain nitrates and nitrites, which are additives that help preserve the shelf life and achieve their pink color. If your favorite hot dog contains either nitrates or nitrites you should know that they have been linked to cancer, particularly childhood cancer. The Cancer Prevention Coalition notes that children who eat 12 or more hot dogs a month have a nine times higher risk of developing leukemia. Although Some brands of hot dogs do not contain nitrates and nitrites and they are better options for your health.

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Noodles are one of the quickest meals to make and the fact that they come with their seasonings, makes it easier. One could, however, get bored of their taste. Every noodle brand has its unique taste, from Indomie to Honeywell, to Chikki, to Mimee; they all taste differently.

Now, how about tweaking the taste of these noodles brands? This simple food-hack will not only change the taste of your noodles but also greatly improved the smell.

All you have to do is add a few slices of onions, and half a tablespoon (depending on the quantity of the noodles) of vegetable oil, which has previously been used to fry very ripe plantains, a minute before the noodles get ready.

There you have it; a very simple food trick to spice up your noodles.

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If you are not from the East and you happen to be around the East at some point, you may want to know the best Eastern Soups to combine with your pounded yam or fufu.

Ofe Egwusi:

The Nigerian Egusi soup, prepared with melon seeds, is prepared by most tribes in Nigeria in many different ways. It is known as Miyan Gushi in Hausa, Ofe Egusi in Igbo and Efo Elegusi in Yoruba.

Ofe Okra:

Okra Soup is one of the quickest and easiest Nigerian soups to prepare. Some argue that a lot of work goes to the cutting of the two vegetables used in preparing it. Yes but once the vegetables are ready; it cooks in no time at all.

Ofe Nsala:

Nsala soup or White Soup is a tasty, fast and easy soup recipe that has its origins in the riverine areas of Nigeria. Nsala Soup is perfect for a cold rainy day due to its spicy taste. Because it is so easy to prepare, you can count on it to save the day when you run out on soup a few days before the big soup day
Ofe Oha:

Ora (Oha) soup is native to the South Eastern Nigeria. It is a very traditional soup similar to the bitterleaf soup but cooked with Ora leaves. Ora (Oha) Soup is special because the tender ora leaves used in preparing this soup recipe are seasonal unlike their bitterleaf counterpart which can be found all year round.
Ofe Onugbu:

Bitterleaf soup is one of the most traditional soups in Nigeria. It is native to the Igbos of Eastern Nigeria. The name is quite misleading in that a well prepared Bitterleaf Soup should not have even the slightest bitterness. This is achieved by washing and squeezing the bitter leaves (and changing the water at intervals) till all traces of bitterness has been washed off.
Ofe Owerri:

Ofe Owerri is one of the most expensive eastern soups; it is made with assorted meat (which is different parts of cow meat), snails, dried fish and stock fish.

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Yes! you read right. You can now sit at home and order a delicious wrap of chicken shawarma and coke for just 1k. Delivery cost is N100 anywhere in Enugu urban.