I love hotdogs! You don’t hear that from many foodies. Hotdog is how most of us were introduced to meat and we loved it as kids. I love the fact that many hotdog establishments in this country are still mom and pop owned, in contrast to corporatization of another beloved American food, the mighty burger. Nevertheless, those small hotdog store cook hotdogs differently with diverse toppings, they generally serve commercial hotdogs.
The lightest of the light hot dogs that I have ever noticed are Ballparks’s Turkey dogs with 45 kilocalories per hotdog. Generally, a single hotdog hovers around 150 calories. That bun sized smoked white turkey franks are not the best tasting, but edible than some high end vegetarian tofu dogs. So what do they put it ‘em to make it so less in calories?
What’s in your hot dog?
They say never ask what’s in your hotdog. I was too curious not to look. Contrary to what Lisa Simpson thinks, hotdogs generally consisted of meat, often ill-defined except the animal, water, fillers flavors, preservatives, and curing agents. Generally all the hotdogs from same company seemed consisted except for meat and flavor components.
Ingredients of a Hot Dog according to “The Simpsons”. Thanks John Fleury for showing this to me.
Here’s a complete hotdog rundown that tabulates who’s who of your beloved franks based on list of ingredient data from some of Ballpark’s hotdogs.
190 cal/57 g
|White Turkey Franks*
45 cal/50 g
|Fillers||corn syrup||corn syrup, dextrose, modified corn starch, maltodextrin||corn syrup|
|Contains 2% or less|
|Flavors||salt, beef stock, extract of paprika, flavoring||salt, ascorbic acid||salt, paprika, beef flavor (beef stock, maltodextrin, salt), garlic, ascorbic acid, extractive of paprika, autolyzed yeast extract, flavoring|
|Preservative||potassium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate||potassium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate||potassium lactate, sodium phosphate, sodium diacetate|
|Texture||soy protein concentrate|
|Curing||sodium nitrite, sodium erythorbate||sodium nitrite||sodium nitrite|
* Bun Sized Smoked White Turkey Franks
What makes hotdog low in calories?
The biggest difference in calories seems to come from the use of turkey white meat versus mechanically separated turkey or beef (can be any part). Interestingly, the low calorie turkey hotdog uses much less flavoring agent than both beef and turkey franks.
Beef in turkey hotdog
I was slightly disturbed by use of a beef stock in turkey hotdog. Many people buy turkey hotdogs hotdogs because they don’t want to eat beef. Why can’t they just use turkey or at least chicken stock?
Considering the 45-calories, “Bun Sized Smoked White Turkey Franks” has well defined, turkey white meat and super low calories, I am going to choose that for my once in a blue moon guilty pleasure.
Photos. The Culinary Geek
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