How Many Calories In A Hot Dog?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How many calories in a hot dog? The average amount of calories for a standard sized hot dog is 150 calories. And this depends on the size, brand, sausage, etc. The average calorie content of the popular brands of classic style dogs is 150 calories. Especially if you add the hot dog with a bun.

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  • Ball Park- 160 calories
  • Hebrew national- 150 calories
  • Oscar Mayer- 148 calories
  • Nathan’s Famous- 150 calories

Hot dogs are not healthy as they are a highly processed food that contains a high amount of saturated fat and sodium. Many research studies suggest that ultra-processed foods like hot dogs may increase the risk of certain types of cancers, heart disease, etc.

Many hot dogs are made with poor quality meat, animal byproducts, preservatives, additives and artificial flavorings and colorings.

You can make your meal a little healthier by choosing a hot dog with higher quality meat and a whole grain bun. Eating a hot dog would be considered a cheat meat and indulging from your regular healthy diet. A normal healthy diet would consist of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc.

Hot dogs are originally from Germany, and it became popular in the United States in the 1800’s. If you combine a hot dog with mustard, ketchup and a bun it comes to a total of around 300 calories.

“The average amount of calories for a standard sized hot dog is 150 calories. And this depends on the size, brand, sausage, etc.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is the average amount of calories in a full hot dog is about 300 calories. Hotdogs are not considered a healthy meal as they are more of a cheat meal and shouldn’t be looked at as something that is healthy. I think eating hot dogs within moderation is ok as long as you are not overconsuming it.

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