Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

Taste Test: Hot Dogs

We wanted tasty franks that had less than 450mg sodium, 200 calories, and 5g saturated fat per dog.

Hot Dogs

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OUR FAVORITE: All-Beef Dog Boar's Head Skinless Beef Frankfurters 120 calories, 4.5g sat fat, 350mg sodium. This wiener's authentic beef flavor made it stand out among its beefy brethren. Although it was one of the lowest in sodium of the ones we tried, you won't feel like you're missing a thing: Salty-garlicky notes are rounded out by a hint of spicy smoke. It's sans skin, but still snappy. $6.59 (10 per package)

OUR FAVORITE: All-Poultry Dog Applegate The Great Organic Chicken Hot Dog 70 calories, 1g sat fat, 420mg sodium. Turkey dogs may get bypassed because shoppers fear trading flavor for health, but we were delighted by this all-chicken version: It's a tasty frank that is pleasantly salty with a mild, delicately smoky chicken flavor. $6.49 (7 per package)

Hot Dog Toppers

Caramelized onions are good, as is hot artisanal mustard. Try heaping on spicy Korean kimchi or sweet-tart Indian chutney. Or give my son Matthew's favorite topping a go: Spoon on some smoky baked beans. -Julianna Grimes, Senior Food Editor

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