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A look under the bun: Wendy’s Mediterranean-Inspired Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger

iStock_000018279261Small.jpgWe try to keep up with the newest fast food introductions. There always seems to be something happening somewhere in the fast food world with the major chains trying to come up with the newest trend for burger-loving consumers everywhere. (Except maybe not in the community.)

Wendy’s has been busy during the first months of the year bringing us their new “Mediterranean-inspired” Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. According to their press release, this is no ordinary burger.

“The Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger smells and tastes like it was crafted under the Italian sun. It features Mediterranean-inspired ingredients, like tangy, creamy rosemary garlic aioli and sweet, mildly tart, roasted chopped tomatoes. The tomatoes and spring mix made from nine different greens give a burst of cool freshness against melty, naturally aged Asiago cheese and a hot quarter-pound patty of fresh, never-frozen North American beef. Applewood Smoked bacon gives the cheeseburger extra crunch, and toasted authentic ciabatta bread makes the perfect bun for these complex, rich flavors.”

Almost makes you think you can anticipate a culinary experience from a five-star restaurant, doesn’t it?

Wendy’s is hoping consumers “Gotta Ciabatta,” as it places increasing emphasis on the breads and buns featured on their menu. Artisan breads are considered a top restaurant trend for 2014 and Wendy’s is hoping to capitalize on the concept.

What’s really going on with the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger? Here’s a quick look under the bun (or in this case, under the ciabatta):

Calories:                                 670
Fat:                                          39 g
Saturated Fat:                           13 g
Trans Fat:                                1.5 g
Cholesterol:                             110 mg
Sodium:                                1260 mg

Wow. We don’t think we’ve ever actually made this statement, but it’s possible that a Big Mac is actually a healthier choice than the Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger. That’s a mouthful! This burger provides about 65% of your daily recommended intake of saturated fat for the entire day. And we didn’t even include a side of fries with that.

The Wendy’s Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger has too much of everything we don’t need too much of when it comes to nutrition facts. So thanks for the flowery description that attempts to compare this burger to a tremendous culinary experience. As far as we’re concerned no one’s “Gotta Ciabatta” like this!

Wendy’s Summer Treats a Healthy Option?

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As warmer weather approaches, so do new frosty treats from most fast-food restaurants. Despite a few attempts made to introduce healthier menu options, many franchises opt for sugar-filled desserts to drive in larger profits. It’s no secret that many sweet treats sold by large chains such as Burger King, McDonald’s and Wendy’s are big hits with many consumers. Today we’ll look closely at 3 new products introduced by Wendy’s earlier this summer.

Many are familiar with the Frosty, a major staple on the Wendy’s drive-thru menu. This thick chocolate combination between ice cream and a milk shake is a major money-maker, and thus drove the company to create 3 more varieties. This summer we were introduced to the Caramel Apple Frosty Parfait, the Wild Berry Frosty Parfait, and the Oreo Frosty Parfait. The word parfait is most likely to trigger “healthy” in many minds, however, these products don’t contain ingredients most would consider a parfait (i.e. yogurt). In fact, these items contain only ice cream and toppings, so technically they are just glorified sundaes.
Caramel Apple Frosty “Parfait”: For starters, this product is 400 calories. Also, there is 5g or 25% your daily value from saturated fat, which is significantly high for just a treat. The kicker, there is also 57g of sugar, which is a little over 14 teaspoons. The sugars are most likely derived from the unnecessary caramel sauce, the brown sugar, and the apples which are also listed next to a few preservatives to keep their freshness. If you have trouble controlling blood glucose levels, or have GI sensitivities to massive amounts of sugar, you may want to think twice before ordering this item. There are about 25 ingredients in this frosty parfait, none of which contain yogurt, or any produce any type of benefits. We do know there are a few controversial ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, natural flavors, and carrageenan (a hidden form of MSG.)
Wild Berry Frosty Parfait: The calorie content is slightly lower than the Caramel Apple option, with about 320kcal. The saturated fat is about 23% the daily value, and provides 30mg of cholesterol. Although lower than the Caramel Apple variety, this frosty parfait is equipped with a high 48 grams of sugar. The blueberries and strawberries covered with preservatives, along with carrageenan and artificial flavors cancel out any thoughts of this item being a sensible snack.
Oreo Frosty Parfait: Finally, the Oreo Frosty Parfait, which is already doomed to be the least healthiest choice. This menu option contains 400 calories, 30% the daily value for saturated fat, 220mg of sodium, 56 grams of sugar, and approximately 50 ingredients. Chocolate syrup, Oreo chunks, artificial vanilla flavor, two sources of added high fructose corn syrup, and carrageenan make up what many believe to be a ‘healthy’ after dinner snack. However, anyone who is able to successfully finish this parfait is most likely to crash after the amount of sugar and controversial ingredients they’ve consumed.

Carefully read labels and menu options before you grab your next frosty treat!