Beef Hot Dogs

ORAC Value:
μ mol TE/100g.

The antioxidant value of Beef Hot Dogs described in ORAC units is: 470 μ mol TE/100g.


Do hotdogs have any nutritional value? Many would argue they don't. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that 50 grams of processed meat per day increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. To put that in perspective, 50 grams is just one hot dog. The panel involved 22 leading nutrition experts who analyzed over 800 studies to draw their conclusion.

Setting aside the suggestion that processed meats such as hot dogs are carcinogenics, do they have antioxidants? Unfortunately they disappoint for that, too. As demonstrated by the low ORAC value notated above, eating a dog will be doing little when it comes to helping your body combat free radicals and oxidation. This test was conducted using Oscar Mayer brand dogs and were purchased in the United States.

The above tested product does contain slightly more antioxidants than a regular hot dog made out of assorted animal types and parts.

ORAC Source

Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't: Carlsen MH, Halvorsen BL, Holte K, et al. Nutrition Journal NIH Jan 2010