Hot Dog! Is America's Favorite 4th of July Food Healthy?

If you’ve ever wondered what’s in a hot dog, we’ve got the scoop.

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For consumers who are overweight, try to choose a hot dog that has the least amount of calories and fat, since all types are going to be high in sodium, Blake suggests.

Stick to one standard-size hot dog and fill the rest of your plate with fresh fruit and veggies to balance the meal, dietitians say. (Bring healthy sides if you don't think the host will have them, Blake adds.) If you insist on topping your frank with chili, go vegetarian.

Keep in mind that a fat-free or low-fat hot dog may be higher in sodium than a regular hot dog, says Flipse. So if you have high blood pressure, pay close attention to that.