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Tag: egg

What’s In an Egg at Fast Food Restaurants?

Getting an egg may seem to be a healthy option when you’re looking to grab something at a fast food or fast-casual restaurant. But is it always just an egg that you’re getting when you order that egg sandwich?

Unfortunately not. My readers know that I am a fan of eggs as a healthy food, however, while Panera uses freshly cracked eggs in their offerings, here’s what’s in Subway’s Egg Omelet Patty (Regular):

Whole eggs, egg whites, water, nonfat dry milk, premium egg blend (isolated pea product, salt, citric acid, dextrose, guar gum, xanthan gum, extractive of spice, propylene glycol and not more than 2% calcium silicate and glycerin to prevent caking), soybean oil, butter alternative (liquid and hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavors, beta carotene (color), TBHQ and citric acid added to protect flavor, dimethylpolysiloxane (antifoaming agent added), salt, beta-carotene (color).

As Marion Nestle remarks: At least egg is the first ingredient!

Yes, there are eggs in the egg sandwich at Subway, but also a whole lot more for sensitive people to watch out for. Hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, the evil “natural and artificial flavors” catch-all that can hide dozens of chemicals, dextrose (a derivative of corn), dimethylpolysiloxane… Yuck! That “egg sandwich patty” is a chemical stew rather than a pure egg.

Forbes has compiled a list of the ingredients in a lot of breakfast sandwiches, so be sure to check out what you might be ordering before you chomp down.