I caught a food news headline on the Internet today which grabbed my attention because of a report my high school freshman wrote recently. He wrote on the impact that fast food has had on the American diet, and ultimately the health, of many Americans. Since I helped him with his research, I learned a lot on the subject and thus this article caught my eye.
In a nutshell, the reporter compared two popular meal choices at my favorite fast food restaurant, Wendy's. They compared the Baconator, which I've never tried, with the grilled chicken sandwich, which I have enjoyed more than a few times. While you can read the article to learn the details of what the reporter thought of each menu item, I'll tell you he liked the chicken grill better. But, what is really amazing is the nutritional breakdown:
Baconator: 840 calories, 51 grams fat, 195 mg cholesterol, 1,880 mg sodium, 38 grams carbs
Large fries: 550 calories, 26 grams fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 480 mg sodium, 72 grams carbs
Total for this meal: 1,390 calories, 77 grams fat, 195 mg cholesterol, 2360 mg sodium, 110 grams carbs
Ultimate Chicken Grill: 320 calories, 7 grams fat, 70 mg cholesterol, 950 mg sodium, 36 grams carbs
Side Salad with Light Ranch: 130 calories, 8 grams fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 400 mg sodium, 13 grams carbs
Total for this meal: 550 calories, 15 grams fat, 80 mg cholesterol, 1350 mg sodium, 49 grams carbs.
That's a big difference in fat and calories. I know that there are many people in America who eat the equivalent of a Baconator everyday. Do you think those folks really don't know how much fat they get in their favorite burger, or do they just chose to not think about it?