Great Health Tip of the Day: National Hot Dog Day

July 23, 2014

7 billion hot dogs are eaten annually between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Holiday Picnic Hot Dogs

A hot dog will never be a dietitian’s first choice, but as with all less-than-healthy foods they can fit into a healthy diet by enjoying them in moderation and making a better choice when choosing these summer favorites. Use the following tips to make a better choice:

  • Choose uncured hot dogs as these do not contain nitrites or nitrates
  • Look for hot dogs lower in saturated fat
  • 3 grams or less would be best
  • Watch the salt: Since hot dogs are usually eaten with a bun and condiments containing salt, sodium can add up very quickly
  • Aim for 400 mg or less sodium per hot dog

Better Choices at Harmons:

Applegate’s uncured beef, chicken or turkey hot dogs