Taste Test: Which Hot Dogs Are the Top Dogs?

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Taste Test: Which Hot Dogs Are the Top Dogs?

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With the season of backyard food fests in full swing, Healthy Eats vetted the most popular hot dog brands around to see which ones deserve a coveted spot on the grill grates. Find out which frank emerged as top dog.

The Criteria
We rated beef wieners on a 5-point scale (5 being highest), judging the dogs on taste, ingredient quality and nutrition and paying special attention to calories, fat and sodium. We stuck with regular franks instead of the reduced-fat versions, as many of those use a considerable amount of fillers made from potato starch to displace some of the meat (no thank you). We were also on the lookout for the presence of preservatives such as sodium nitrite. Hot dogs ranged in size from 42 to 57 grams (1.5 to 2 ounces) per piece.

Applegate Natural Uncured Beef Hot Dog (above)
Rating: 5
Cost: $0.56
Nutrition Info (1 hot dog): 70 calories; 6 grams fat (2 grams saturated); 330 milligrams sodium
The Healthy Eats Take: A big winner in the taste department, this slightly smaller dog had a fraction of the calories and fat that appears in many other brands. Bonus points for a simple ingredient list that includes beef, water and …read more