Putting ketchup on a Nathan's hot dog at Coney Island. (Photo by: Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
The Worst Nathan's Hot Dog You Can Eat
By Gregory Lovvorn
Founded in 1916, Nathan's is arguably the most famous hotdog in the world. The brand lists 37 different hotdog offerings on its menu, and while few, if any, processed meat products are healthy, one of their hotdogs may be much riskier than the others.
Many of the health risks associated with hotdog consumption are due to the high nitrate content, and while Nathan's Hotdogs do not contain any nitrites, Sodium Nitrate is listed as an ingredient. In addition, a 2015 study found ties between red-meat consumption and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
In terms of sodium content, the 10-inch version of Nathan's Famous Skinless Tex-Mex Dog is the worst offender, as it contains 2,820 mg of sodium along with 95 mg of cholesterol. The hotdog also runs a close second in terms of fat content and total calories, second only to the 15-piece nugget pack.