Hot dogs are a popular, inexpensive, all-American choice for most barbecues, sporting events, and the occasional lunch or meal. Personally I love a good hot dog at the movie theater. However, many hot dog varieties and brands are riddled with preservatives, unwanted meat parts and other chemicals, making them an unhealthy choice for you and your family. Learn how to choose healthy hot dogs so that you can continue to enjoy this treat without feeling guilty.
Things You Will Need
Understanding of hot dog nutritional and ingredient labels
Hot dogs are generally inexpensive (although overpriced at events), and so most varieties offer sub-par ingredients. Learn how to read hot dog labels so that you can discern which brands are better for you than others. Let's start with the nutrition label. Most packages contain lots of fat, salt, cholesterol, sodium, and nitrates. Nitrates in particular turn into sodium nitrites once in your body, which some studies have shown is a cancer-causing agent. Lots of salt can cause hypertension, though in moderation you should be fine. Many hot dogs also contain soy and other fillers, and so do not have very much protein. You can find organic or nitrate-free hot dogs to make sure you are not ingesting some of these unhealthy ingredients.