Vegetarian hot dog

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Vegetarian hot dog
Vegetarian hot dog sausages from Germany
Alternative namesVeggie dog, not dog
TypeHot dog
Place of originUnited States
Main ingredientssoy

A vegetarian hot dog is a hot dog produced completely from non-meat products.

Vegetarian hot dogs are sometimes also eaten by non-vegetarians because they are low or non-fat, have fewer calories, contain no cholesterol, and little to no saturated fat, compared to hot dogs from animal meats.[1] Therefore, they are preferred by people following a low calorie, low fat or low cholesterol diet. Unlike traditional home-made meat sausages, the casing is not made of intestine, but of cellulose or other plant based ingredients.[2] Vegetarian hot dogs are usually based on some sort of soy protein.[3] Some contain egg whites, which would make them unacceptable to vegans.

The history of the vegetarian hot dog is not clear, but Worthington Foods' Veja-Link meatless wieners claim to have been the world's first vegetarian hot dogs in 1949.[4] On June 19, 2000, the Chicago White Sox made baseball history when they began selling vegetarian hot dogs during games at Comiskey Park.[5] In recent years, a number of other manufacturers have entered the vegetarian hot dog market.

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  1. ^ Marianski, Stanley (2011). Making Healthy Sausages. Bookmagic. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-9836973-0-5.
  2. ^ Tofu sausages ingredients list. This product is: purely vegetable | cholesterol-free | egg-free | lactose-free | free of milk protein | free of genetic engineering | manufactured without the addition of yeast extract.
  3. ^ "Vegetarian Journal May/Jun 2000 Guide to Burgers and Dogs". The Vegetarian Resource Group. 2000. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  4. ^ "Worthington Foods". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  5. ^ Greening the Ballpark. (vegetarian hot dogs in baseball parks) (Brief Article), Earth Island Journal, September, 2001