Stop for a second. It's the Fourth of July and like any good American you're about to shove a foot-long stick of meat into your face. But do you know what's actually in your hot dog?
But think twice before serving that meat stick again. Scientific American broke down the ingredients and you might be surprised to learn what's actually in it. Here are two examples:
Sodium diacetate: "A combination of sodium acetate and acetic acid, it helps to fight fungus and bacterial growth and is often used as an artificial flavor for salt and vinegar chips--and in the sodium acetate form, it's found in instant hand warmers."