Feb 22, 2010

The Shape of Hot Dogs to Come

I saw a headline today that said that a change is coming for hot dogs, among some other foods, because they are a choking risk. How do you feel about this? Personally, I'm far more concerned about what's IN hot dogs than the shape. When my children were growing up, we occasionally ate "regular" hot dogs, but I made an effort to buy organic hot dogs, soy hot dogs, anything but the kind that have meat and meat by-products with lots of chemicals and nitrates.

As for choking, of course none of us want our children to choke on anything, I experienced this first hand with my daughter when someone gave her a round candy, and I didn't want to hurt the persons feelings, so let my daughter go ahead and eat the candy. In the car she choked, could not breath, and amazingly I was able to maneuver through traffic and do the Heimlich maneuver on her and free her of the candy...she was turning blue...a frightening experience. People have eaten hot dogs for generations, and grapes, and other foods that we can cut and make safe for our children. I would always cut grapes in 1/2, and as for hot dogs, our healthy version of them, we slit them in half down the middle.

I don't know whether we need to change the shape of hot dogs, and am not going to join that debate, but do use some common sense, and be equally concerned about the ingredients in the foods you are feeding your children.

Updated 3/22/16

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