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Is there a healthy hot dog?

By September 28, 2008 - 6:23pm
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My family does not eat hot dogs very often, but we do enjoy them. It's awful to think about what is in some of them. yuck!

I've heard about the kosher all-beef kind. I realize most of them probably have a week's worth of salt. Are there hot dogs out there that are actually good for you, or at least, on the healthier-side?

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I didn't even think about a veggie dog as an option. Thanks! I'll also check out the link to see which one is best rated.

I wish we had a Trader Joe's nearby...I think the closest one is an hour away, but we have many Whole Food Markets (which might have their own brand).

September 30, 2008 - 1:30pm

Alison, do you have a Trader Joe's near you?

They have their own brand of Uncured Beef Hot Dogs, which the package says are nitrate free, with no fillers, gluten, msg, antibiotics or hormones. I'm not sure about the salt content, though.

I might toss you a suggestion from the vegetarian corner of the room: try veggie hot dogs! I know many meat-eaters will immediately say "ewwwww" at this suggestion, but honestly, some veggie soy products are nearly as good as the real thing, and they've got much less fat in them, and far fewer issues like hormones or antibiotics.

Here's RealSimple magazine's ratings of the best veggie hot dogs:


Give them a try! With catsup, mustard and relish, you might be surprised, and feel guilt free at the same time.

September 30, 2008 - 9:16am
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