Condiments, the ingredients that give a flavor boost to your hot dog, may also give your body a boost.
When you think health, you probably never think up images of French fries or hot dogs. But even those guilty pleasures can come with a surprising health benefit — the toppings.
In ketchup, for example, lycopene is the antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their bright red color. It’s also considered an anti-cancer agent, and Guards against aging of the skin. Organic ketchup can contain up to three times the lycopene of conventional ketchup.
Mustard also packs a great nutritional punch. That’s because mustard contains mustard seeds, which are in the same family of foods as broccoli and cabbage. The seeds are a strong anti-cancer agent and may also help reduce symptoms of asthma and arthritis.
Top your hot dog with sauerkraut. The fermented cabbage is low in calories and loaded with helpful bacteria for your digestion
Next time put a little heat on your hot dog by trying some hot sauce. That same thing that makes you sweat also increases your metabolic rate slightly.
Stop by your local hot dog cart, pile on the condiments and enjoy the health benefits!