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. Unlike traditional home-made meat sausages, the casing is not made of intestine, but of cellulose or other plant based ingredients.[1] The filling is usually based on some sort of soy protein,[2] wheat gluten, or pea protein. Some may contain egg whites, which would make them unsuitable for a lacto vegetarianism or vegan diet.

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.[3] In 2000, the Chicago White Sox's Comiskey Park became the first baseball venue to sell vegetarian hot dogs during games.[4] In recent years,[when?] a number of other manufacturers have entered the vegetarian hot dog market, such as Lightlife Foods, Field Roast Grain Meat Co, and Beyond Meat.

Vegetarian hot dogs have fewer calories than hot dogs made from animal meats, and contain no cholesterol, and little to no saturated fat.[5]

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  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Vegetarian Journal May/Jun 2000 Guide to Burgers and Dogs". The Vegetarian Resource Group. 2000. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  3. ^ "Worthington Foods". Retrieved 2016-04-12.
  4. ^ Greening the Ballpark. (vegetarian hot dogs in baseball parks) (Brief Article), Earth Island Journal, September, 2001
  5. ^ Marianski, Stanley (2011). Making Healthy Sausages. Bookmagic. p. 303. ISBN 978-0-9836973-0-5.