You probably know of the potential health dangers associated with MSG. MSG is used in hot dogs as a flavoring and is labeled as an excitotoxin meaning that it stimulates the sensitive neurons to the point where they die.
You are correct! MSG is dangerous to our health. Excitotoxins, which are dangerous flavor enhancers, do over stimulate brain cells to the point of death.
Concerning hot dogs.... There are some hot dogs which contain a number of Excitotoxins, and there are hot dogs which contain so few that some MSG sensitive people can eat them. I do eat some hot dog brands. And I have reacted to some of these brands too.
I ALWAYS stay away from "hydrolyzed", "autolyzed", "caseinate", and "extracts".
I have been eating Bar-S brand hot dogs lately. I only eat two or three at a time. These hot dogs do have "flavorings" which is one of the ingredients listed in every list of Excitotoxins. I can't say that everyone can eat foods with this ingredient. I am saying that I can, and that others may be able to do the same. It is impossible to eliminated every Excitotoxin, but people can avoid the ingredients which are certain to cause a reaction and keep the others at a minimum.
It is important to understand that the food industry isn't trustworthy. There may come a time when Bar-S brand hot dogs add something to their "Flavorings" making their hot dogs too risky to eat. Right now, though, I can eat them.
I hope this information helps you, Lisa, and others in understanding the finer nuances of Excitotoxins.
Keep up the good fight!!