I rarely eat a hotdog anymore and I used to just love them. Eating healthier I guess has changed my tastes.
As far as eating contests go I am not a fan of them. They make me want to get sick watching them. Also, it seems more and more in the news of people partaking in them and then soon after dying. I think there are better ways for entertainment.
You bring up some interesting ideas about why we have food eating contests. Our past experiences certainly are dynamic in how we view and consume foods as we get older. For instance, I tend to hoard food and buy more even though I have plenty to eat for probably months in my cupboards and freezers. It's not because my family couldn't afford food when I was growing up, but there was hardly any food in the house for variety. We lived close to grocery stores, so shopping was done almost daily. Now that I don't live close to stores, I tend to keep lots of food around the house to choose from. With that, there's no wonder why I was a skinny girl growing up and now have packed on the weight. It's a scary thought to me to get rid of all the food in the house, though, so I can lose weight. That's my biggest food hang up and how it affects me.
And as far as "stupid" contests at all, our society tends to learn by trial and error. It's only after something catastrophic happens that we find out what we should have done in the first place. In other words, jumping in head first instead of feet first.
We'd like to think that most people would stop long enough to consider possible consequences before putting their plans into action, but that's just not the case. My husband always points out "survival of the fittest" and "that's Nature's way of weeding out the gene pool."
If we could only teach our children to better think for themselves. Seems today, they will do any "dumb" thing on a dare or for a thrill. Yes, I remember being young too, but never as stupid as I'm seeing these days.
I think the old-fashioned pie-eating contests were sort of a "whistling-in-the-dark" thing. They peaked in popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when people mostly had enough food but remembered a time when they didn't. An eating contest was sort of a way of saying "Hah! We're doing fine! We have so much food, we can eat more than we need! Look, we can even waste PIE!" And that would help explain why competitive eating is even more popular in Japan than it is here-- real hunger is relatively recent collective memory. The people who are of an age to participate or be spectators have grandparents who went hungry as children and who probably raised their own children never to waste a speck, so an eating contest is a way of proving that nobody's scared of that anymore.
And I would bet that the serious competitive eaters are fully aware of things like sodium and potassium and other issues that the rest of us never even think of. They've got it figured out. I remember hearing one competitive eater explain that watermelon was his preferred "practice" food because the amount that would seriously stretch the stomach didn't have enough calories to cause weight gain or enough protein to stress the kidneys. The concern would be for amateurs in loosely-organized contests who haven't thought about things like sodium being potentially deadly.
I remember the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" death. The news broke during the goofy DJs hour on the radio station my parents listen to. It was the last story on the news break, and when they came back, there was 10 seconds of dead air before one of the guys said, "We've *done* things like that. All of a sudden I'm remembering all of our stunt contests, and we could have KILLED somebody. We could have KILLED somebody." And from then on, whenever they did a stunt, they checked it out with doctors or engineers or firefighters first. What's cool is that they actually got funnier and more creative. That extra step of thinking about dangers also meant thinking of extra little twists and turns.
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I've never watched a food eating contest. But I do love a hotdog, I just have to be careful because I love them a little too much.
When I was a little kid, I used to love RAW hot dogs.
Somewhere along the way, a switch snapped in my brain and the thought of eating a raw hot dog became about the most unappealing, poisonous sort of activity possible lol!
I'm not really a fan of hot dogs (because of the ick factor - *I know what goes into them*). Though every now and then I put aside the ick factor and do enjoy a "bavarian smoky" style dog. Preferably with lots of banana pepper rings, onions and 'kraut. Mmmmmmm!
As far as volume eating contests go? Not a fan!!!!
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Hot dogs are about the worst food one can eat. With that said, I will have one or two hot dogs a summer.
I love a good hotdog! Mostly just eat them with ketchup and mustard, but a chili cheese dog sometimes hits the spot Not very often, obviously. I love them on the grill or those hotdog turning machines.
I hate watching the hotdog eating contest. I feel like my sensitive gag reflex won't let me watch stuff like that, so I walk out of the room when they start eating. Yuck. My husband likes to watch it. I did find it really funny that one of the contestants this year was like the "edible arrangements" champion. hahah
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I cannot eat hot dogs...when I learned from a friend of mine what went into them (my friend worked for Schneiders Meat) that was enough to make me never eat another dog again!
I love hot dogs but have not done any research yet to find if there are gluten free brands, since I don't eat gluten anymore, plus I guess I would have to have a gluten free bun and that doesn't interest me so actually, I won't be eating hot dogs anymore lol.
I am not a fan of food eating contests but to each their own. I doubt if some of the contestants really think it through as to how they could become very ill or die from doing something like eating 69 hot dogs or whatever. I wonder if they warn them sufficiently.
Always loved them, but there' s just too much salt for my swollen ankles!! So, if I have one a year it will be a special treat from now on.
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Not a fan
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Not a fan of food contests, mainly because it makes my stomach hurt in sympathy. I can't imagine how they FIT all that food inside them. I do love a good Sabrett or Nathan's hot dog and at home it's ketchup, mustard and dill relish. If I can find a place that has a Chicago style hot dog, I LOVE IT, just minus the sport peppers.
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Tap tap tap... Is this thing on ? eh-hem, I have a confession. I find competitive eating contests absolutely fascinating ! I know, it's gross when you think about how much food one person can eat in a short period of time, but I am amazed at how much food one person can eat in so short a time.
Have you ever seen 69 hot dogs and buns laid out ? That's huge amount of food. So, it amazes me that a person like Joey Chestnut or Takeru Kobayashi can eat so much. Where do they put it ? That's what really fascinates me i.e. how they manage to expand their stomachs to a point where it can hold that much food.
And these aren't morbidly obese men. Yes, I've seen big people at these contests, but the winners almost always seem to be lean people. The women's winner of the Nathans contest ate 36.75 hot dogs and the runner up at 36. That's half of what the men ate and that's still an astonishing amount of food.
In my eating days, I could pack away a lot of food. But even I had my limits. My stomach would signal me when I had enough. I'd feel sick to my stomach if I ate way too much. What sort of training does a competitive eater have to engage in to get their bodies to over ride those signals ?
You know, I never really thought about the sodium levels. If I were taking an educated guess, I'd say the amount of water they drink in order to soften the buns may be enough to counter act the effects of excess sodium from all those hot dogs. And well, maybe they do hurl up the contents later on. Not that that is healthy either.
Joey Chestnut may have a really nutritious diet when he's not eating competitively. And he as well as Kobayashi may have the type of metabolism that is constantly burning calories for energy. I don't know. Either way, eating contests have a long history in the US. Does anyone remember pie eating contests ? I'm sure they still have those at many state fairs. They're for fun.
We can't blame society's ills on a hot dog eating contest. So, I take them at face value i.e. stupid fun. And yes, these types of contests can be taken too far. A while ago, there was a contest called something like Don't Wee for a Wii. Contestants on a radio show were expected to drink several gallons of water and to hold their "wee" for as long as possible. The person who held out the longest would win a Nintendo Wii. Well, a woman did die because of the contest. A nurse called into the show to warn them that drinking that much water could cause a potassium imbalance which in turn could cause a heart attack. Which is what happened. A woman died because she drank too much water and didn't pee.
So, yes, there can be serious repercussions when it comes to eating too much food or drink on a dare. You do have to have a lot of training. Which is what I feel the professional eaters do, they train for these events so their bodies are prepared to handle all that food.
Personally ? I do like a grilled or boiled hot dog once in a while. Are they bad for me ? Yup... and so is the bacon with the charred ends I like eating too. I eat right most of the time, but some times... I like to eat foods that might not be so good for me like bacon, hot dogs or even a donut. As long as I don't eat them every day, why can't I eat them once in a while ?
When I was a kid, I used to go to Woolworths to have a grilled hot dog. The bun would be buttered on both sides then pressed until it was crisp. Then the grilled hot dog would be put into the bun. I'll tell ya, that was the BEST hot dog !! I put ketchup and relish on mine. Today, I prefer mustard and relish. I've more or less stopped eating ketchup because of the HFCS.
anyway... the point ? I eat hot dogs once in a while and I like watching competitive eating contests and I recycle !
Oh, yeah, I wouldn't ever push for them to be stopped. I'm just hoping that society evolves away from them. It's like boxing and cock fighting-- if enough people say, "That's just not right" and don't let their children participate, eventually the sport will mostly die out.
I got curious and looked up how much would be a fatal dose of sodium. The estimate is 750-3000mg/kg body weight. Joey Chestnut weighs about 100kg, so he could survive at least 75,000mg and possibly up to 300,000. Sixty-nine Nathan's hot dogs with bun would be 55,000mg of sodium. So, yes, a smaller person could die from the sodium in 69 hotdogs, which is probably why there aren't as many women competitive eaters.
Well, that and the fact that women just generally have better sense....
Seriously, I wonder if amateur contest organizers would know to be careful about that. I learned a lesson this week about assuming that people who organize an event have thought about safety. (The town fireworks display ended with every firetruck and ambulance in a 30-mile radius screaming up the hill to the historic district. Apparently nobody realized that storing 300 roman candles in a cardboard box under a cane roof in the middle of the crowd wasn't a brilliant idea. We won't even discuss who thought it was a good idea to supply free bottomless mojitos and unlimited beer to the guys in charge of lighting them off.)
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I admit, I enjoy a good frankfurter. I eat either Hebrew National Reduced Fat or Applegate Organic/Natural with yellow mustard and a touch of India Relish.
ANARIE -- I can only imagine what others much think of the wastefulness of our affluent society. You see it everywhere these days (not just in eating contests). Just think about how often the average person replaces his or her cell phone just to get the latest technology. I often wonder to myself -- where do these people get the money to do these things? Am I missing something here?
Anyway, I'm not in the group that wants to stop eating contests -- it's an age-old tradition at Coney Island, and it seems to be lots of fun for some. I would never attend it or participate myself, though.
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I too find food eating contests gross and even a tad disturbing. The people participating look quite slovenly as they shovel food into their mouths.
As for hot dogs, I rarely eat them. I may get one at Target Field if I go to a Tins' game but they have so many other delicious and even healthier choices. Otherwise, I hardly ever eat them.
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I have no interest in watching a food eating contest. I know after eating one hot dog, my hands are swollen the next morning. My husband suffers from congestive heart failure as a result of chemotherapy and his cardiologist always says sodium is the real part of food we should really pay atttention to. We still eat the occasional hot dog when we are grill. We choose Hatfield Reduced Sodium or Turkey.
I think eating contests are just horrendous and uncivilized. There are still people on this planet who don't have enough food to live on, and we make a spectator sport out of watching someone eat in three minutes enough food to sustain a hungry person for weeks.
My parents put me in a watermelon eating contest for some reason when I was about seven, and I didn't get it even then. I loved watermelon, and the piece they gave me was really, really good. There was no way I was going to gobble it down without enjoying it! Foodie even then, I guess.
As for hot dogs one at a time, they're not a favorite, but I like one now and then. I was going to have one today, in fact, at a food truck that's well known for them, but I got there and discovered I'd left my wallet at home-- eighty miles away! Arrgh!
That would have been my first hot dog in about two years, I think.
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have not bought them in years
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I like hot dogs with chili, mustard, cheese, and onions only once in a while. I use turkey weiners.
I've been watching the Coney Island Hot Dog Eating Championships for years. There was recently a death reported by a guy who downed lots of soy sauce because of too much sodium intake. If you know anything about sodium in the Krebs cycle of how our bodies regulate water, it's easy to know why the soy sauce dehydrated this person. What about these hot dogs? Eating 69 hot dogs in the contest would give a body a ton of sodium. Purging after eating so many hot dogs would make sense to avoid problems like the soy sauce guy. We saw that there is a group of people wanting Nathan's to stop the contests.
BTW -- we ate them on the 4th of July....with only mustard and onions and we do that only once in awhile because I never have felt that they were that good for me. We also watched some shows on Food Network that showed the different ways people liked their dogs over the country (many with mind-blowing ingredients piled on top).
What's your take on hot dogs, the contests, what you like on them?
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