Calories 101: Hot Dog
Chester J. Zelasko, Ph.D. | May 15, 2008

Next to cotton candy, the hot dog messed up the results most for many contestants. Many people ranked it second or third highest on the list of arena foods; in reality, it was next to last.

I guess maybe we’re taught very early that hot dogs are nothing but fat. When they’re all beef, all pork, or a combination beef and pork, they do have more fat than protein--they come in at 140-170 calories. Combine it with the typical six-inch hot dog bun, and it added up to 264 calories.

The nice thing about hot dogs is that you can put just about every fixing on it and not really increase the calories too much. Ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, hot peppers, sauerkraut, and hot sauce are just some options.

If you fix hot dogs on your grill this Memorial Day, look for lower-fat versions of hot dogs--that trims half the fat for each dog. But if you’re going to a cook-out and you’re not sure what to eat, you could do a whole lot worse than having a hot dog.
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