Buyer's Guide to Healthier Hot Dogs

The EatingWell Test Kitchen's picks for the best healthier hot dogs for calories, fat and sodium.

Although the humble hot dog is often the calorie bargain at any cookout—averaging less than 150 calories per dog—they are often loaded with saturated fat and packed with sodium. For a healthier hot dog, look for brands with 370 mg of sodium (or less) and no more than 3 grams of saturated fat per dog. Below are the EatingWell Test Kitchen's favorite healthier hot dogs:



Moderation, not deprivation. I eat hotdogs and hamburgers. I don't worry about calories or fat, because I eat them rarely, and only as a treat. Like on the 4th of July .


06/29/2015 - 11:36pm

as long as they keep adding nitrites/nitrates hotdogs for me...!!


09/01/2013 - 12:12pm

Look at the nitrites/nitrates in the ingredients....stuff to avoid.


07/15/2012 - 11:47am

So where does Nathans, or Hebrew National fit in? These are the hot dogs I grew up with. They may not be the "healthiest," but doesn't taste and texture count for anything?


07/05/2011 - 10:17pm

What about Hebrew National or Nathan's hot dogs? They don't have preservitives do they? Hebrew National are Koesher and do nor have scrap parts in them.


07/01/2011 - 8:00pm

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