Low Sodium Hot Dogs?

low sodium hot dogWould that such a dream could come true for all of those holiday cookouts that we have grown used to!  But alas, there is no such food as a truly low sodium hot dog.

Even the best have approximately 250 mg of sodium which is too high if your total daily goal is less than 1500 mg, despite what any product claim may state to the contrary.

And the same applies if you have searched for low sodium bacon, low sodium bologna, low sodium salami etc. The common denominator in all of this is that processed meats are just that – PROCESSED.

And unfortunately, the word processed in the case of meats is synonymous with salt and sodium. As I have written about before, the reason that processed meats are only special-occasion foods is that sodium and salt are used not only as flavoring in these foods but also as many different types of preservatives. Thus, processed meats are a double whammy of sorts.

And I can hear you shout out that there must be some way to find a hotdog that is acceptable within the bounds of eating low sodium. The reality is that there is not so let’s think about how to eat that hot dog that beacons to you.

Frequently, when I am talking with my clients, I talk about All Foods Can Fit which literally is true. By this I mean that you really can eat nearly anything and the only real questions is how much and how often. So, the secret is to go ahead and eat the hot dog but make it on “Celebration Days” only. And as most people agree, Celebration Days happen in most lives somewhere between 12-20 days each year.

Realistically, eating a hot dog even if you pile on chili and cheese and do that 10 times a year will not wreck your health. The danger is that you eat the hot dog, feel guilty about eating the hot dog and then get completely off track.

So, as a Registered Dietitian who eats probably one hot dog from the grill at the family reunion every year, make that hot dog count and do not feel guilty. Just get back to your normal low sodium lifestyle at the next meal.

Author: Carla Spencer

Carla Spencer is a Registered Dietitian and founder of 2 Your Health. Her extensive career working with individuals with health challenges led her to create this site dedicated to helping people enjoy their lives while working to prevent or minimize the impact of kidney disease.

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