We’re going under the bun with the latest from Dunkin Donuts — the Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich. The big attraction here is the chicken apple sausage. It not only promises fast food consumers more flavor, it also holds the added benefit of a more healthful selection than regular pork sausage. But is that just a perceived benefit? And, more importantly, are the ingredients in the chicken apple sausage — and the entire sandwich, for that matter — worth that benefit?
We’ll start with the nutrition facts for the sandwich:
Fat: 11 g
Saturated Fat: 4 g
Cholesterol: 120 mg
Sodium: 1240 mg
Sugar: 7 g
If all you’re simply concerned about calories and fat, this may not appear to be the worst choice you can make at Dunkin. If you compare it to the Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bagel sandwich at Dunkin, this new option contains 260 fewer calories, 15 fewer grams of fat, and 7 fewer grams of saturated fat. There’s also less sodium and a bit more cholesterol in the Chicken Apple Sausage sandwich.
FoodFacts.com wants to get to the “meat” of the situation — the ingredient list. For us, that’s the defining factor for any product, fast food sandwiches included. So let’s take a look:
Sausage (Chicken, Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar Brown, Apples Dehydrated, Contains 2% or less of the following: [Salt, Sodium Lactate, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphate, Parsley, Sodium Diacetate, Flavors Natural, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrate Nitrite] ) , English Muffin(Wheat Enriched Bleached Flour [Wheat Flour, Barley Malted Flour, Niacin Vitamin B3, Iron Reduced, Thiamine Mononitrate Vitamin B1, Riboflavin Vitamin B2, Folic Acid Vitamin B9] ,Water, Wheat Starch, Yeast, Sugar Cane Fiber, Contains 2% or less of the following: [Corn Syrup High Fructose, Chicory Root, Corn Flour Yellow Degerminated, Corn Meal Degerminated Yellow, Wheat Durum Flour Whole, Wheat Gluten, Vinegar, Calcium Propionate,Salt, Dextrose, Soybeans Oil, Calcium Sulphate, Fumaric Acid] ) , Eggs (Eggs Whites, Water,Eggs Yolks, Corn Starch Modified, Flavors Natural Sauteed [Soybeans Oil, Triglycerides Medium Chain, Flavors Natural] , Salt, Flavors Artificial Butter [Propylene Glycol, Flavors Artificial] , Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Peppers Black Coarse Ground) , Cheese Cheddar Reduced Fat (Milk Pasteurized Part Skim, Cheese Culture, Salt, Enzymes, Annatto Color)
While the chicken apple sausage does, in fact, contain less fat than traditional pork sausage, it’s important to point out that it still contains sodium nitrate. So the benefits consumers may perceive are limited to fat content and don’t extend to the ingredients. Add to that some high-fructose corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors plus propylene glycol and you’ve pretty much got a very typical fast food breakfast sandwich.
Our conclusion for Dunkin Donuts Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich is simple. We can come up with more than a few better ways to spend 360 calories for our morning meal. This one is lighter in fat and calories than some other choices, but the ingredient list is a definite turn-off.