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All beef: Healthiest: Organic Valley Organic Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs
Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 370 milligrams
Cholesterol: 30 milligrams
The Organic Valley Organic Uncured Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dogs don’t contain any additives. They’re made of organic grass-fed beef, water, sea salt, organic spices, organic garlic powder, organic onion powder and cultured celery juice powder. Go the extra mile with these sausages and bake your own buns to serve them in.
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Mixed meat: Healthiest: Applegate Naturals Stadium Beef and Pork Hot Dog
Fat: 9 grams
Sodium: 360 milligrams
Cholesterol: 30 milligrams
Applegate Naturals Stadium Beef and Pork Hot Dogs are made mostly of beef, pork and water. Other than that, it’s spices and the lamb casing. A good casing gives hot dogs that classic snap, which is one of those restaurant secrets home cooks should know.
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Mixed meat: Healthiest: Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners
Fat: 10 grams
Sodium: 420 milligrams
Cholesterol: 12 milligrams
Oscar Mayer Classic Uncured Wieners do contain mechanically separated chicken and turkey, but they have relatively low amounts of fat and cholesterol for this type of dog. These franks have roughly the same calorie count — 110 — as a boneless, skinless chicken breast, another food that is great on the grill.
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Mixed meat: Unhealthiest: Kayem Beef and Pork Hot Dogs
Fat: 13 grams
Sodium: 430 milligrams
Cholesterol: 25 milligrams
Kayem Beef and Pork Hot Dogs have more fat than some of the other options, as well as more cholesterol. They also have added ingredients, including corn syrup, potassium lactate and dextrose, a sugar. Save that sugar intake for tasty frozen fruit desserts.
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Turkey: Healthiest: Applegate Naturals Turkey Hot Dog
Fat: 3.5 grams
Sodium: 450 milligrams
Cholesterol: 35 milligrams
Applegate Naturals Turkey Hot Dogs contain 98% turkey and water; the other ingredients are salt, paprika, onion, garlic, cardamom, coriander, mace, ginger, black pepper, celery juice powder and cherry powder for flavor. Pair these turkey dogs with some pasta salad, green salad or other cold dishes perfect for hot summer days.
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Turkey: Healthiest: Oscar Mayer Turkey Uncured Franks
Fat: 7 grams
Sodium: 380 milligrams
Cholesterol: 8 milligrams
Oscar Mayer Turkey Uncured Franks have just 100 calories per hot dog, which leaves plenty of room in your diet for other great grilled dishes. If you’re following a low-sodium or low-cholesterol diet, these are also a good option with 380 milligrams of sodium and just 8 milligrams of cholesterol.
Hot dogs are a grilling mainstay, and when compared with a cheese-covered burger or a juicy bratwurst, a standard-sized hot dog can actually be a healthier option. But not all hot dogs are created equal, and some pack far more fat, calories and sodium into the casing than others. These are the healthiest and unhealthiest hot dogs.