Monday, April 16, 2012

Eat This / Not That: Wendy's -vs- BK: 04/16/2012

Eat This / Not That

No matter hard hard you try to fight the urge you will eventually eat at a fast food restaurant. There are healthier alternatives within the genre of fast food, but most likely we will all, at sometime this year, make a trip to one of the not so healthy places. Worse yet, we might not even make a smart choice. Hope this will help you  make a smarter choice; at least between these two popular favorites. 


So here is what I have found out!

Eat This

Burger King Whopper Jr. 

Total Calories: 340
Calories from fat: 160
Fat 18.0 g
Saturated fat 5 g
Trans fatty acids 0.0 g
Cholesterol 40 mg
Carbohydrates 32 g
Sugar 7 g
Sodium 520 mg
Dietary fiber 1 g
Protein 14 g
No listings for vitamins or minerals

Ingredients: ground beef patty (flame broiled), tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, pickles, white onions, and a sesame seed bun.

Removing mayonnaise will spare you 80 calories, 9 g of fat (1 g of saturated fat), 5 mg of cholesterol, and 70 mg of sodium. Adding cheese will add 40 calories, 3g saturated fat, 190 mg of sodium, and 10 mg cholesterol.

 Suggestion: don't add cheese.

Information from: Burger King
Not This

Wendy's Jr. Cheeseburger Delux

Total Calories: 350
Calories from fat: 170
Total fat 19.0 g
Saturated fat 7.0 g
Trans fatty acids 1.0 g
Cholesterol 55 mg
Sodium 850 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary fiber 2 g
Sugars 6 g
Protein 7 g
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 10%
Iron 15%

Ingredients: Ground beef, american cheese, mayonnaise, ketchup, honey mustard sauce, crinkle cut pickles, red onion, tomato, lettuce, and a sandwich bun

Removing the cheese will spare you 40 calories, 2 g of saturated fat, 200 mg of sodium, and will cost you 2 g of protein.

The sodium is very high in this sandwich, plus the fact that there is 1.0 g of trans fat makes this sandwich the "Not This" choice. The total amount of cholesterol is also higher than that of the Whopper JR., so that is another strike against a Wendy's favorite. Removing cheese will save you 40 calories, 3.5 g of fat (2 g of that is saturated), 200 mg sodium, and 10 mg of cholesterol.

 Suggestion: remove the cheese from your cheeseburger.

Information from: Wendy's


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