The food court at Costco, a grocery warehouse, is inexpensive, but most of it is not healthy and should be something you only eat occasionally. Hot dogs pose certain health risks because they are heavily processed, increasing your risk of heart disease by 42 percent and diabetes by 19 percent, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study and reported by CBS News HealthWatch in May 2010. Making a Costco hot dog a treat now and then is a good way to enjoy one without compromising your health.
A diet high in fat, especially trans and saturated fat, increases your risk of developing heart disease and a 2,000-calorie diet should get no more than 78 grams of fat per day, with only the limit on saturated fat being 16 to 22 grams and as little as possible being trans fat. The Kirkland Signature hot dog at Costco contains 33 grams of fat, 12 grams of which are saturated and 2 grams of which are trans fat . The Sinai hot dog has 30 grams of fat with 11 grams of saturated fat and 4 grams of trans fat. The Hebrew National hot dog contains 34 grams of fat, of which 15 grams are saturated and 1.5 grams are trans fat.
Eating high calorie foods on a regular basis without burning those calories off with exercise contributes to weight gain. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression. The Kirkland Signature hot dog at Costco contains 570 calories, the Sinai hot dog contains 540 calories and the Hebrew National hot dog contains 550 calories.
A diet in high in sodium increases your risk of high blood pressure, which in turn contributes to heart disease. The daily salt intake recommendations are between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams or lower. The hot dogs at Costco are high in sodium. The Kirkland Signature hot dog has 1,750 milligrams of sodium, the Sinai hot dog has 1,730 milligrams and the Hebrew National hot dog has 1,630 milligrams.
Protein is a nutrient that supports healthy skin, hair, nails, cells and muscles. Aim to get 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories from protein, which equates to 50 to 175 grams each day for a 2,000-calorie diet. However, while Costco hot dogs contain a good amount of protein, it is better for your health to choose lean protein whenever possible. The Kirkland Signature hot dog has 24 grams of protein and both the Sinai and Hebrew National hot dogs contain 20 grams.
Meat is a good source of iron, a nutrient that carries oxygen through your blood all over your body. However, balancing iron intake with low-fat and low-calorie cuts of meat is a better way to reach the daily recommendation. Each of the three brands of hot dogs offered at the Costco food court contain 25 percent of your daily iron needs.