Healthful Hot Dogs

Although you'll rarely find "healthful" and "hot dog" in the same sentence, the all-American food has gotten a makeover by some manufacturers. Hot dogs have gone "all natural" and even vegetarian, with many varieties as good for you as other healthful foods.

When you're shopping for a cookout, these tips will help you choose the most healthful hot dogs:

  • Check the fat content. Turkey franks can be as high in fat as pork or beef hot dogs.

  • Soy-based hot dogs, such as tofu franks or veggie dogs, usually contain no fat, cholesterol, nitrates or questionable byproducts.

  • Avoid jumbo franks, which have jumbo amounts of fat.

  • Choose products with low to moderate sodium content.

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