Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thumbs up and down to Oscar Mayer

Thumbs up: It is very hard to find nitrate-free hot dogs at the "regular" grocery store, much less at a reasonable price. I was in a for a nice surprise today at Food Lion - nitrate free Oscar Mayer hot dogs, and the turkey variety was only $1.99/pack! (The Angus variety were $4+/pack.)

Thumbs down: Mechanically separated turkey? Gross. I forgot to look at the Angus variety, so they may be better, but still.  And what is cultured corn sugar and cherry powder? Those are new ones to me.

Expected: High sodium, plenty of fat (too much for a turkey dog), and saturated. fat.

I'm glad to see nitrates/nitrites removed from these hot dogs, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Because I don't see these leaving society's diet anytime soon, we can take all the improvements we can get.


  1. oh yes-agree soo excited about the nitrite/nitrates being removed from the "dogs" too....yeah still could use improving--hoping this is a start in the right direction for them....keep hoping the other "lunch meats" will go the same way--love a good ham sandwich but could do without all the "junk" you know.....slowly but surely I hope.....

  2. Would you mind taking a look at the nutritional information for my favorite hot dog and giving it your rating? There are a few ingredients that stump my brain.

    Hebrew National Beef Franks

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 1 Frank (49g)
    Servings Per Container 7
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 150Calories from Fat 130
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 14g 22%
    Saturated Fat 6g 30%
    Trans Fat 0.5g 0%
    Cholesterol 25mg 8%
    Sodium 460mg 19%
    Potassium 80mg 2%
    Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 0g 0%
    Protein 6g 10%
    Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 0% Iron 4%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    INGREDIENTS: Beef, Water, Contains 2% or less of: Salt, Sodium Lactate, Spice, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Paprika, Sodium Diacetate, Garlic Powder, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite, Flavorings. CONTAINS: Soy

  3. The Hebrew National is probably good in that it is made mainly from beef, but the sodium nitrite would nix it for me personally. One hot dog also has 22% of fat for a day (and almost all calories come from fat), 30% of saturated fat, and 19% of sodium. Dang you hot dogs for tasting so good and being so bad! What sucks is that it doesn't have to be that bad to taste good.

  4. Hebrew National has two low fat versions, one being 97% fat free, but I don't think I've ever seen them in one of our local stores.