Who doesn’t love a golden, salty, deep fried corn dog in the summertime? Or, just about any time for that matter.
They are a go to luxury for many of us when we’re treating ourselves after being on a diet.
But just how many calories do these tasty treats actually contain?
It is important to always be aware of the number of calories that you’re consuming, as well as the other nutritional aspects too.
If you’re planning on indulging in a delicious corn dog this weekend, take a look below to find out how many calories they contain.
How Are Corn Dogs Made?
Before taking a look at the nutritional value of corn dogs, first let’s take a closer look at how they’re made and why they are so unhealthy.
A favorite at most carnivals, fairs, and Disneyland, corn dogs are a staple of fun days out with the family.
The reason why they’re a special treat is because they’re not consumed that often, and there’s a good reason for this.
Corn dogs are made using hot dogs, which are dipped into a thick batter of cornmeal, flour, sugar, and salt.
The wet ingredients involve buttermilk, oil and honey.
After the hotdogs have been completely drenched in the batter mixture, they’re then deep fried at an extremely high temperature for approximately 3 minutes until they reach that golden brown color we’re all familiar with.
They are unhealthy for a number of reasons, the primary reason being that they’re made using hot dogs themselves, which are proven to be bad for your health.
The world health organization has reported that highly processed meats such as hot dogs can have an adverse effect on human health, including leading to colorectal cancer.
They are also extremely high in saturated fat and sodium, which can lead to issues with blood circulation and heart health.
The batter just contributes to this already unhealthy food by incorporating more trans fats into the mix.
Eating trans fats associated with battered foods can lead to a whole host of different diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, not to mention obesity.
How Many Calories Are In A Corn Dog?
Now that we’ve taken a look at corn dogs, and how they are made, let’s move on to discuss the nutritional information.
Corn dogs contain approximately 330 calories per serving, which doesn’t seem that much, but there is virtually no nutritional value to accompany those calories.
They also contain 34 grams of carbohydrates, which should be noted by those who are trying to reduce their carb intake in order to lose weight.
Along with this, they have 10 grams of protein, and 18 grams of fat.
Because the majority of the calories are made up from carbohydrates, this can have a negative effect on your health.
Simple carbs have all of their nutrients removed, which causes them to be digested and absorbed by the body quickly.
This can cause a spike in blood sugar, which may make you feel hungry again at a very fast rate.
Insulin spikes can lead to overeating, diabetes, high blood pressure, and weight gain.
This is why you should bear in mind that eating a corn dog may not seem that bad on the surface, but it may cause you to have cravings very quickly, because of the short term fullness that it provides.
Are Turkey Corn Dogs Healthier?
Some popular brands have come out with different meat varieties of corn dogs.
One of the most popular being turkey corn dogs. These have also been made using the same process described above, but may contain less calories because of the meat itself.
We don’t recommend eating processed meat in general, but processed turkey is a lower calorie option, containing around 150 calories per serving.
They’re still high in sodium, however, and are not good when consumed regularly.
If you’re trying to lose weight but want to satisfy your craving for corn dogs, eat a turkey based one instead.
What Are The Calories Of Some Other Unhealthy Junk Foods Sold At Stands?
Deep Fried Apple Pie
This fair favorite has over 400 calories per portion, along with 20 grams of fat.
Their deep fried pastry has high levels of trans fats, which are extremely bad for your health as we covered above.
So don’t even think about competing in that pie eating contest.
We see a lot of deep fried foods at the fair, which have been covered in an ungodly amount of oil.
Fried twinkies seem to be the most popular, and come in at approximately 420 calories, and 34 grams of fat.
This is shocking considering that they only weigh 2 oz.
The turkey legs sold at the fair tend to be gigantic in size, which in part, makes up for their high calorie content.
Although it may seem like a healthy option at first because of the protein content, it’s sheer size makes up for around 1000 of your daily calorie intake.
To put this in perspective, if you are a woman, this is half of your recommended calories for the day.
Funnel cake is another item that you should avoid when you’re on a low calorie diet.
A deep fried cake that is covered in powdered sugar, this one contains around 760 calories and 50 grams of fat.
Corn dogs aren’t the most calorie dense food item that we often see sold in food stalls, but they do contain highly processed meat, which has been linked to a whole host of health conditions, such as cancer and heart disease.
For this reason, it is best to eat these foods as infrequently as possible.