Healthy hot dogs taste test

July 8, 2008 7:57:59 AM PDT
Barbequing a hot dog this Fourth of July doesn't mean having to eat unhealthy. Good Housekeeping found some dogs that both taste good and are good for you.

It's a good idea to browse the nutrition labels when buying healthy hot dogs. Look for hot dogs with no more than 100 calories, eight grams of total fat, three grams of saturated fat and 450 milligrams of sodium.

"Many people think of healthier hot dogs as being poultry hot dogs like chicken and turkey, but those hot dogs often have as much fat and calories as the regular version," said Samantha Cassetty, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Good Housekeeping tested 11 healthier hot dogs for taste, but found some tough to swallow.

"I didn't really like the texture. It was very rubbery and then the flavor was super bland," said Allison Dewine, hot dog tester.

But testers say the "Ball Park" brand hit it out of the park with its "Lite Beef Franks."

"It was nice and juicy and moist and it had an excellent texture," said Christina Peterson, hot dog tester.

"They have 50 percent less fat and one-third less calories than the average beef hot dog," said Samantha Seneviratne, Good Housekeeping Institute.

Another dog scoring big was the "Hebrew National 97-percent Fat Free Franks."

"Our tasters really like this. They liked the spice in it and the good beef flavor, but some of the tasters were a little off-put by the course texture," said Seneviratne.

"This hot dog was pretty good. It tasted a little more like a kielbasa than a hot dog and the skin was a little tough. But otherwise it was a good hot dog," said Todd Kent, Hot Dog Tester.

When grilling your hot dogs, put them on high heat with the cover open for about five minutes.

The average American eats 60 hot dogs a year? 150 million alone will be eaten on the Fourth of July in the U.S. alone.


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