Monthly Archives: December 2007

hot dogs

When I was thinking about what foods I eat that can’t be good for me, Hot Dogs came to mind right away.   So I bought a couple of options.   I picked a soy based dog called “Smart Dogs” by Lightlife and Turkey dog by Louis Rich.

smart dog

I started with the one I was least excited about trying, the Smart Dog.   The marketing says, “The world’s first FAT FREE hot dog.  Real hot dog flavor with the snap of a meat frank…without the fat, calories or nitrites.”   How could I have not heard about this earlier?  Fat Free and real hot dog flavor…..that sounds like exactly what I was looking for…..hey why is it a light brown?   After getting over the color I took my first bite and honestly that is as far as I got.     To get an idea of what it’s like take a banana (for the texture) and marinate it in liquid smoke for about 3 months.    Then slap some mustard on it and slam it down.    I kept the pack in my fridge for a few weeks and then tossed them, but luckily they were only $4.29 for a pack vs. the $1.25 I got the Turkey dogs for.  Smart Dogs get a VETO!

Next on to the Turkey dogs by Louis Rich.   Again the color was different than a normal hot dog, but not as off as the soy dog of death.     For these I was pleasantly surprised, I could eat em and they tasted pretty good.     Looking at the numbers these have 8% of my Saturated fat and 8% of my cholesterol for the day, but compared to a normal dog that has 24% of my Saturated fat and 18% of my daily cholesterol I’m saying this first test is a victory.

So here is how I eat em.    Louis Rich Turkey Dog, store brand wheat bun, Grey Poupon and Sabrett’s Onion in Sauce.     Is it a Nathans, Pinks or Dodger Dog?   Nope, but a very real alternative.


and so it begins…


How could my cholesterol possibly be pushing 300? I’m a 36 year old guy who is 6ft tall 160-165 pounds. I’m not overweight by any means, in fact if you saw me on the street you would think I was thin. So, I ask you again how could my cholesterol possibly be pushing 300? I don’t eat a lot of red meat and I try to eat a salad with lunch a few times a week. That should be enough right?

Turns out, not so much. The first thing I thought of were the Oatmeal commercials. “I ate Oatmeal for 30 days and I lowered my cholesterol by 15 points.” 15 points? How much Oatmeal do I need to eat to lower it over 100 points? Besides that, how much Charmin do I need to buy to take care of the after effects?

So I decided I needed to try and adjust my eating habits in a way that was sustainable. Look for opportunities to lower my fat intake without sacrificing to much flavor in the process. We will see.  My intent is to document that journey and any learning’s along the way.   I’m not an expert, health guru, chef, product taster or restaurant critic but I play one in this blog.