We may have said goodbye to Betty White last year, but the national treasure’s positive spirit still lives on. The comedian and TV pioneer achieved many accolades and professional accomplishments in her 99 years, but most people would agree that her biggest achievement was living a long and happy life.
Luckily for us all, she has shared her wisdom and her secrets to happiness on a number of occasions, and we were delighted to see that we have something in common with her; a love of hot dogs!
When she was 92 years old, she was asked about the key to her longevity, and she said the following at the time:
“Hot dogs are the reason I am 92.“
“I am a health nut, as you can plainly see.”
“People think, ‘Oh, that’s junk food.’ Not if you live on it.”
This is not the only time that Betty White spoke about her love for one of America’s top snacks! In fact, she enjoyed all of the good stuff… vodka included!
The Betty White Naked Dog
You know you have made it when you have got a hot dog named after you, right? She may have won Emmy Awards and have her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but we’re sure that Pink’s Hot Dogs naming one of their snacks after her would have given Betty the biggest chuckle.
She was a fan and frequent visitor of the famous hot dog joint in Los Angeles. So, it’s only right that they created the Betty White Naked Dog in her honor.
As the name indicates, it’s a classic hot dog without any toppings. So, if you are the sort of person who likes to appreciate the hot dog for what it is, without anything extra distracting from the delicious taste, we’re sure you’ll love this one!
And the great news is that it is going to be on the menu forever, so you haven’t missed your opportunity to try out a Betty White Naked Dog in her memory. Richard Pink, co-owner of Pink’s Hot Dogs, confirmed that they have no plans on ever taking the hot dog off the menu.
Speaking about how the Naked Dog came about, Pink, whose father and mother opened the famous stand in 1939, said the following:
“She launched Pink’s Hot Dogs in City Walk in 2010 by eating a hot dog right in front of me.”
I said: “Betty, let me put some toppings on it.“
“And she said, ‘no, I like my hot dogs plain, just the beef, and the bun, I just like it naked.
She said: “You can tell everybody that Betty White gets naked at Pink’s.“
“Betty would come to Pink’s after the Hollywood Bowl with her actor girlfriends and treat them to hot dogs in the dining room.“
“They liked to get them with all the different toppings on them because we have 40 different hot dogs on our menu, but Betty just liked to get them plain, and that’s how she wanted it, nothing on it.”
A plain hot dog is quite unusual at Pink’s, as they are known for their wide range of tasty toppings.
Some of the items you can find on the menu include:
- El Cucuy Dog – A 12” jalapeno dog with bacon, jalapenos, grilled onions, ketchup, mustard, and mayo
- Pastrami Reuben Dog – A dog with sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, mustard, and pastrami
- Guadalajara Dog – A hot dog with sour cream, tomatoes, onions, and relish
- Chicago Polish Dog – A spicy or mild dog with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, relish, and mustard
So, can hot dogs really help you to live as long as Betty?
Well, there’s no solid research that indicates eating hot dogs will help you to live longer! However, following a balanced diet will always yield positive results, and there are actually some health benefits associated with hot dogs, believe it or not.
One of the most significant benefits of hot dogs is getting a good dose of protein. You can expect between five and seven grams of protein in a typical hot dog, which is approximately 15 percent of your recommended daily allowance.
Protein is needed by the body for developing, maintaining, and repairing strong muscles. Protein also optimizes muscle training in terms of exercising and recovery.
A hot dog is also a good source of a lot of different micronutrients and minerals, including phosphorus, zinc, and selenium.
Plus, just one hot dog can get you around 30 percent of your daily recommended value of Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is a group of vitamins that are essential for mental clarity, brain development, and normal metabolism.
Finally, hot dogs are energy dense, provide iron, and support brain health. The selenium found in hot dogs is a critical nutrient for DNA synthesis, reproduction, metabolism, and protection against infection and oxidative damage.
Remembering Betty White the right way; with a hot dog!
There is only one thing to do now; enjoy a good old hot dog and remember the late, great Betty White.
We cannot think of anything better to do than watch one of Betty’s shows and have a hot dog (or two!) for dinner. You may even want to wash your meal down with her favorite tipple (vodka).
While we cannot guarantee that this will ensure you live for 99 years, you will certainly have a great time and a full stomach.
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