Hot dogs are often my go-to lunch in the summer and on weekends. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to make and the kids will all eat them. But I think I spend way too much time thinking about their purchase.
I stand in front the hot dog area weighing the consequences of each type of hot dog. I am trying to weigh healthiness (meaning fat and calories) versus food processing (meaning is it mechanically separated? is it good “meat”?) versus cost.
So for a healthy hot dog I think of turkey dogs (fat/calories) but often they are unappealingly pale and marked as mechanically separated. (You have to read the ingredient list for this information.)
I have read repeated negative things about mechanically separated meat. Click the link to see photos. I don’t know if it’s really bad for you but I don’t particularly like the looks of it.
So then I started buying the kosher hotdogs from Hebrew National. They are only made from Kosher cuts of meat so there’s no weird cow parts being thrown in. There are also no artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. So you can feel like they are eating real meat. However, the fat is high (the ones in my fridge right now say 14 grams of fat per dog) and they are pricey. I get them either at the Costco or wait for sales at the grocery store.
(See I told you thinking way too hard. I watched a lady buy this off-brand of hot dogs that I had never heard of. They were kind of green looking. I don’t think she was thinking hard enough about the purchase.)
For a while I tried veggie dogs. They love the Morningstar corndogs but weren’t crazy about the Morningstar hotdogs.
I guess for now I will stick with the kosher dogs on sale. What are you guys buying? What went into your decision-making process?