Katie’s Healthy Bites: Healthier Hot Dogs by Katie Cavuto-Boyle in Katie's Healthy Bites, September 4, 2011
On Labor Day weekend, many families will be firing up the grill to cook . . . you guessed it: hot dogs. 95% of American households eat hotdogs (we consume over 20 billion a year). Hot dogs are notoriously high in fat/saturated fat and sodium and most only have about an ounce of protein. So, I bet you’re wondering how you can enjoy your Labor Day cook-out and be health conscious? Here are some tips to a better ‘dog.
Choose a hot dog that is lower in fat (less than 10 g of total fat and 5 g of saturated fat) and sodium (less then 500mg). Look for light or reduced fat versions; fat-free versions usually add more sodium for flavor. Here are some brands that fit the bill.
- Hebrew National Reduced Fat
- Jenni-O Turkey Dogs
- Applegate Farms Beef and Turkey Franks (also nitrate free: a preservative that has been linked to cancer)
- Shadybrook Farm Turkey Dog
- Ballpark Light Franks, Light Beef and Smoked White Turkey