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Under the Bun: Dunkin Donuts Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

Dunkin Donuts Chicken Apple Sausage Breakfast SandwichWe’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:
 

Calories:                         360
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.

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Let’s take a look at Taco Bell for breakfast

Taco Bell Breakfast A.M. Crunch Wrap BaconWe’ve been hearing about it for months and now it’s finally here. Taco Bell breakfast is being served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day of the week. As expected, the morning offerings all present a new twist on Mexican flavors. The new breakfast items bring Taco Bell in direct competition with McDonald’s and Burger King, both of whom own mornings in the fast food world.

So, will Taco Bell breakfasts present a serious alternative to the already established fast food leaders? FoodFacts.com isn’t really sure about that. The only thing we can be sure of right now is what you’ll actually be eating if you choose to sit down at Taco Bell for your morning meal.

We chose the A.M. Crunch Wrap with Bacon to focus on because it appears to be a Mexican interpretation of a traditional fast food breakfast sandwich. Just replace the biscuit, or the English muffin, or the bagel with a tortilla and add some creamy jalapeno sauce. While we’re pretty certain you won’t find the A.M. Crunch Wrap in Mexico, these are the American fast food wars. Let’s find out what the A.M. Crunch Wrap brings to the table.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories:      660
Fat:              41 g
Sodium:    1280 mg

Might as well have a burger for breakfast, don’t you think? A McDonald’s Egg McMuffin weighs in at 330 fewer calories, 29 fewer grams of fat and 460 fewer mg of sodium.

Let’s see what the ingredient list tells us:

Eggs (Eggs Whole, Flavors Butter [Soybeans Oil, Soybeans Oil Hydrogenated, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Flavoring Artificial and Natural, Beta Carotene, TBHQ, Citric Acid,Polydimethylsiloxane] , Contains 1% or less of the following: [Salt, Citric Acid, Peppers,Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum] ) , Hashbrowns (Potatoes, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Cottonseed Oil,Palm Oil, Soybeans Oil, Sunflower Oil, Potatoes Dehydrated, Salt, Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Dextrose, Oil [Canola Oil High Oleic Low Linolenic, TBHQ,Polydimethylsiloxane] , Bacon Topping [Bacon Topping, Cured with Water] , Creamy Jalapeno Sauce [Soybeans Oil, Water, Vinegar, Peppers Jalapenos, Buttermilk, Sour Cream Powder,Eggs Yolks, Dextrose, Spices, Peppers Chili, Salt, Glucono Delta Lactone, Onions Dehydrated,Flavors Natural, Paprika, Sugar, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Garlic Powder, Cocoa Powder,Calcium Disodium EDTA] , Tortillas [Wheat Enriched Bleached Flour, Water, Vegetables Shortening]

Plenty of controversial ingredients in that list, not to mention hidden MSG. Generally not our idea of an ideal morning meal.

If we want a Mexican-inspired breakfast, we’d prefer cracking some eggs, adding some jalapeno peppers with the appropriate herbs and scrambling them up in a pan in our kitchen. We’re pretty positive the flavors will be far better and we absolutely KNOW the ingredients will be too.

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Under the Bun: Dunkin Donuts Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich

egg.jpgIt’s that time again! Let’s go under the bun at Dunkin Donuts with their new “brunch” offering, the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich.

We’re sure that by now you’ve either heard about it or read about it. If you haven’t tried it yet, FoodFacts.com definitely thinks that there are things you should know before you decide. It’s important to point out that many of the online reviews have included information about how the “hollandaise sauce” doesn’t drip. Actually we’ve read that it doesn’t move. So we had a few preconceived notions before we read the nutrition facts or the ingredient list.

Here’s what we found:

Nutrition Facts
The numbers here aren’t the worst we’ve ever seen.

Calories:                    300
Fat:                             9 grams
Saturated Fat:          4.5 grams
Cholesterol:              90 mg
Sodium:                     790 mg

In the world of fast food breakfasts, the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich is actually better than most. That might not make it ideal, but if you were to base your choice of this option simply on the nutrition facts it might appear to be a better alternative to say the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich on a croissant.

But here at FoodFacts.com, we need to dig a little deeper under that bun.

Ingredients
English Muffin: Bleached Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Wheat Starch, Yeast, Sugarcane Fiber, Contains 2% or less of: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chicory Root, Degerminated Yellow Corn Flour, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Whole Wheat Durum Flour, Wheat Gluten, Vinegar, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Salt, Dextrose, Soybean Oil, Calcium Sulfate, Fumaric Acid; Fried Egg: Egg Whites, Water, Egg Yolks, Modified Corn Starch, Natural Sauteed Flavor (Soybean Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Natural Flavor), Salt, Artificial Butter Flavor (Propylene Glycol, Artificial Flavor), Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Coarse Ground Black Pepper; Black Forest Ham: Cured with Water, Salt, Potassium Lactate, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Diacetate, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite; Hollandaise Flavored Spread: Pasteurized Milk and Cream, Water, Maltodextrin, Whey Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, Cheese Culture, Whey, Sodium Citrate, Yeast Extract, Butter, Stabilizers (Carob Bean and/or Xanthan and/or Guar Gums), Enzyme Modified Butter, Spice, Turmeric and Annatto (Colors), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Lactic Acid, Sodium Caseinate, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Diacetate, Dehydrated Butter, Lemon Concentrate, Vinegar, Sodium Phosphate, Lemon Oil, Enzymes.

The sandwich doesn’t seem like a better alternative after reading all that, does it?

88 ingredients. 11 controversial ingredients. 9 sources of hidden MSG. We can say with confidence that we now completely understand why the sauce doesn’t drip. In the ingredient list, Dunkin refers to it as Hollandaise Flavored Spread, not sauce. It’s too coagulated to move, so spread made more sense, we guess.

All things considered, we’re not going to be biting into this one.

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