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Why wasn't sodium included in your review of hot dogs?

Why didn't you include salt content in your evaluation of hot dogs?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

This is a great point and I so much appreciate you writing.

The challenge is that there are very few hot dogs on the market that are lower in sodium. The average hot dog runs in the range of 500 to 700 mg per serving. I am aware that Hebrew National makes a product labelled Reduced Fat Beef Franks that is lower in sodium at 360 mg each. I have not been able to find them in my local markets here in New Orleans.

Even though we've not been able to find them for review, Bert in Rice, WA sent in her comments (thanks Bert):

Hebrew National Beef Franks
This is what we have when we have that urge for a hotdog. A dollop of brown grainy mustard, a side of kidney beans (made from dried, not the canned stuff), a veggie, and maybe half a potato or slice of bread and this is a great lunch. Even dinner! I consider this product one of my pantry/freezer basics.

I do love getting such feedback and you can take Bert's word as gospel as far as I am concerned. Her menu sounds great.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet