The 97th annual July Fourth International Hot Dog Eating Contest is today, which of course is any nutritionist’s nightmare, especially considering that even a single hotdog can be loaded with half a day’s worth of saturated fat and sodium!  Fortunately, though, there are healthier alternatives!

Before we get into those.. let's talk about what those world-famous hotdog eaters are consuming each Fourth of July:

The 2011 winner ate 62 hotdogs – and buns – in 10 minutes.

That’s 17,980 calories, 372 grams of saturated fat, 44,020 mg sodium, and 1488 grams of carbs. 

Or the equivalent of 149 pats of butter, 19 spoonfuls of salt and 99 slices of bread. 

Tips:

  • Look for a lower saturated fat content; not more than 2 or 3 grams per link. 
  • Check the sodium content, some of the lowest-salt hotdogs have 240 to 260 mg per serving.
  • Ideally made without added nitrates or nitrites (this will be stated on the front of the package).

 

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Applegate’s Super Natural Turkey Hot Dog

50 calories – 1 gram saturated fat - 260 mg sodium. 

Simple ingredient list: Turkey, water, sea salt, spices, paprika, dehydrated garlic, and dehydrated onion.  

 

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Oscar Mayer’s Selects Turkey Franks

120 calories – 2.5 grams saturated fat – 480 mg sodium

Oscar Mayer’s entire ‘Selects’ line of hot dogs has no added nitrates or nitrites