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Hot Dogs vs. Tofu Pups

Tofu Pups: A Healthier Hot Dog

As a kid, hot dogs are a staple up there with mac and cheese and pizza. We learned to love them, but now we know they're really not that good for us. Many contain saturated fat and those dreadful nitrites, which are found to be carcinogenic.

If you or your kids can't bear to give up hot dogs, then check out a healthier alternative called Tofu Pups. Want to see what they look like and how they compare to regular hot dogs? Then

Serving Size 1 link 1 link 1 link
Calories 60 150 140
Total Fat 2.5g 14g 13g
Saturated Fat .5g 6g 6g
Cholesterol 0mg 30mg 30mg
Sodium 300mg 370mg 460mg
Carbs 2g 1g 1g
Fiber 1g 0g 0g
Sugar 0g 0g 1g
Protein 8g 6g 5g
Iron 6% 4% 2%

These pups have that smoky smell and flavor you love about hot dogs, but they definitely have a different consistency. Since these are made with extra firm tofu, they're kind of springy like hot dogs, but they're not juicy and they don't have that thin skin that hot dogs have. Since they taste pretty similar, I think they're definitely worth trying, especially since they're much healthier as compared to beef franks. I knew they'd have less cholesterol and saturated fat, but I had no idea that a hot dog made from tofu would have more protein. Now I love these even more.

Fit's Tips: I would not try grilling these pups because they'll just stick to your grill. Boil them in some water or microwave them for best results.


Candy15331766 Candy15331766 3 years
I have been a vegatarian for 30 years. I love tofu pups. I can't find them anymore. They are the only vegetarian hot dog I will eat. The others taste too much like a real hotdog. Why can't I find them? I live in the chicagoland area. Have eaten them for years. I am so upset. Also, I like morningstar veggie burgers much better then any others too. Especially the mushroom burgers.
Jessa14965165 Jessa14965165 4 years
I am really surprised to hear everyone saying they like morningstar better! Maybe it's because all the comments are from six years ago and maybe the product has evolved but I have tried both brands and I personally prefer tofu pups! They are actually my favorite snack. I also don't only eat them as hot dogs but slice them up and eat them with macaroni and cheese; pasta and sauce and veggies; cut up on crackers with cheese; sliced sideways and put on sandwiches or chopped up and put in salad. So tasty :D
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
Applegate Farms makes nitrite free dogs.
HushYuppie HushYuppie 9 years
P.S. with the Smartdogs and the other soydogs I've experimented with, ketchup was mandatory in order for me to enjoy consumption. Not the case with Morningstar, though ketchup never hurts :).
HushYuppie HushYuppie 9 years
CCSugar & Kelliegonzo, ditto on the Morningstar! Upon fist becoming a vegetarian, I would eat Smartdogs religiously, b/c they had less calories (45) than their counterparts... Then one day, for whatever reason, I bought Morningstar instead. After my first bite, I spit it out in fear that I was eating a real (ahem, meat) hotdog. Now granted it's been a good 8 years since I've tasted a real hotdog (Prior to becoming a vegetarian, I avoided all pig products for many years), so the avid meat-eaters may find some fault with the product, but it remains a staple of my diet.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I tried these when I first started losing weight because I was craving a hot dog, but I really hated these. They were bland and the texture was really gross.
muffinmaggie muffinmaggie 9 years
i grill em! mmmmm
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I want to try it.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
i'm totally on the morningstar bandwagon, these are just not the right texture for me. the little hot dog boy is cute tho!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I don't eat processed foods.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I tried these once and hated them. I thought that there was waaaaay too much smokey flavor and it just tasted fake. plus the consistency wasn't the best, but I don't usually mind that if it doesn't taste TOO fake. I'm weird in general about non-meat meat products. I'd rather just eat veggies or plain tofu.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I'm not sure if it's the same brand that I eat, but I actually like the tofu dogs a little bit better, and the texture of tofu usually really skeeves me out.
PooLovesBoo PooLovesBoo 9 years
Yeah, I can't really compromise on texture.
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
Ill try 'em! If they taste the same you could have two for less calories than one regular
the-materialist the-materialist 9 years
There's actually a lot of brands with nitrite-free hot dogs out there now. My father had to give up hot dogs (one of his favorite things) a long time ago because the nitrites give him horrible migraines- but about five years ago we started finding nitrite-free hot dogs on the market! Needless to say, he's thrilled that he can eat a hot dog and not suffer for it.
jasmint jasmint 9 years
The texture's fine for me but I don't like the taste. Once I loaded mine with condiments it was okay, but I'll be trying a different veggie brand next time.
GratefulGrl80 GratefulGrl80 9 years
i really don't like these...we get the morningstar farms veggie dogs, and they're MUCH better.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ha, love the name!
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
One might as well just enjoy the nitrite filled hotdog. The more I read about soy products, the more I learn it is a misnomer regarding all their health benefits. Think phytates...enzyme inhibitors...hemagglutinin.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Try the Morningstar Farm hot dogs!! those are so yummy, and one only has like, 70 calories and a half gram of fat or something crazy low like that.
kgtg1 kgtg1 9 years
Eh.. I'm not a huge fan of the tofu pups. Light Life's Smart Dog or Yves The Good Dog are my favorite vegan hot dogs.
hilahat hilahat 9 years
can't do it. I have an issue with the consistency.
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