Warning! Don’t eat everything you find in nature! Just because a food is “natural ” doesn’t mean it’s good for you! These “wild corn dogs,” are actually cattail or bullrush plants, usually found growing near the banks of creeks, streams, lakes, or drainage ditches.
State fair corn dogs come in a pork/chicken blend and a 100% Beef Corn Dog. The beef is a better choice with lower calorie, lower carb, half the sodium, but less protein. These aren’t your first sources of “whole food for whole people.”
State Fair Corn Dogs come in two types: all Beef and Classic, orPork/chicken/turkey mix. The Classic State Fair Corn Dog has a sodium content which makes this unacceptable for children & any adult with blood pressure issues. 800 mg is over half of 1500 mg sodium limit. The Beef has half the sodium, lower carbs, lower calories, lower sugars, but lower protein. Both contain corn syrup, a cheap way to add calories, but not nutritional value.
If the ingredient list has unpronounceable words, chemical words, and a tome written to explain the contents, I look for another product. Another give away is the word “light” or “low fat”–if they take something out of the food, they usually reengineer it to add taste and texture.
Compare the “real food” with the “slenderized” food. The latter often has a higher sodium content or odd stabilizers.
The worst additive is HFCS, or high fructose corn syrup. This is another word for liquid sugar. It’s cheap, adds calories, and none of us need it. Even fat free half and half creamer has HFCS, carrageenan (seaweed used to bind food), cream, artificial color, disodium phosphate, guar gum (vegetable thickener), and vitamin A palmitate. So why do folks buy this stuff?
“Fat-free half-and-half strikes me as an absolutely unnecessary product,” says Mario Kratz, PhD, a dairy researcher and nutrition scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. It exists, of course, because people want the rich texture and flavor and calcium benefits without the fat or calories. But that dairy phobia is misguided, according to Kratz’s recent review on dairy. “Our work shows that consuming dairy foods in their full-fat form (rather than nonfat or low-fat) is associated with lower weight gain, a lower risk of obesity, and possibly even lower risks for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” he says.
Of course, portion control is important! I measure out a 1/2 cup of real half and half every morning. Once that’s gone, I either get black coffee or iced tea. Oddly enough, I can drink tea without cream (not the English way!).
You actually need a certain amount of healthy fats to keep hunger at bay. These are vegetable fats, not meat fats. Learn to love olive oil, not too much! And nuts, not buckets, but an ounce a day.
And if you want to eat a corn dog, wait till the State Fair comes to town. It’ll taste better then, among the tilt-a-whirls and ferries wheels of the great white way of carnies and food stands. I’m going on a road trip soon. I’ll have some fried chicken at least once. It’s my way of portion control. I know a Popeye’s near Hope, Arkansas, that makes a great crispy and extra spicy thigh serving. See y’all on the flip side.