Vegetarian hot dog

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Vegetarian hot dog
Vegetarian hot dog sausages from Germany
Alternative name(s) Veggie dog, not dog
Place of origin United States
Type Hot dog
Main ingredient(s) soy

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

Vegetarian hot dogs are sometimes eaten by non-vegetarians because they are low or non-fat, have less calories, and 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 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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