New in the Market: Applegate Better For You Hot Dogs

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 13, 2011 · 0 comments

We love to try new foods. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think.

Most of us love hot dogs but few of us will admit we eat them. Hot dogs often get thumbs down on the healthy foods list. Regardless, this month (July) is National Hot Dog Month and it is estimated that we will each eat 60 hot dogs before the year ends.

The term hot dog is credited to sports cartoonist Tad Dorgan, who saw vendors selling hot dachshund sausages on rolls. He drew a cartoon but was unsure of how to spell dachshund so he called them “hot dogs.” The rest is history.

If you secretly crave hot dogs but think they aren’t the best choice, try some of the Applegate varieties. For more than 20 years, Applegate has been producing natural and organic hot dogs. Their hot dogs come from animals raised without antibiotics or hormones. They  are fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet, and treated humanely. The hot dogs are uncured, free of nitrites, and have no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

We tasted 5 different varieties and can recommend them all. All varieties are uncured so they need to be frozen if not eaten by the “use by” date.

Uncured Big Apple Hot Dog (2 ounces): 110 calories, 9 grams of fat (3.5 grams saturated fat), 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 7 grams of protein, and 360 milligrams of sodium.

Uncured Beef Hot Dog (1.5 ounces): 70 calories, 6 grams of fat (2 grams saturated fat), 20 milligrams of cholesterol, 6 grams of protein, and 330 milligrams of sodium.

The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog (2 ounces): 110 calories, 8 grams of fat (3 grams saturated fat), 30 milligrams of cholesterol, 7 grams of protein, and 330 milligrams of sodium.

The Great Organic Uncured Chicken Hot Dog (1.7 ounces): 70 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (1 gram saturated fat), 35 milligrams of cholesterol, 8 grams of protein, and 420 milligrams of sodium.

The Great Organic Uncured Turkey Hot Dog (1.7 ounces): 70 calories, 3.5 grams of fat (1 gram saturated fat), 25 milligrams of cholesterol, 7 grams of protein, and 370 milligrams of sodium.

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