Dr Oz: Fast Food Breakfast Sandwich Investigation
Fast food breakfast sandwiches are undoubtedly the go-to morning meals for many Americans. If you’re one of them, have you ever really thought about what your favorite sandwich is made of? There’s a good chance you thought you were getting exactly what it looked like, or simply preferred not to think about it. After all, it tastes delicious, right? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s time to get educated about what you’re really putting in your body. If you’d rather stay blissfully unaware, now may be the time to click to another one of our less shocking articles.
Dr Oz first wanted to take a closer look at the egg, with the help of Mark Schatzker. Mark visited several fast food restaurants, beginning with Dunkin’ Donuts, and asked about their eggs. When Mark questioned an employee about what was in their eggs, he as told it was “just egg.” However, the website listed as many as 10 ingredients, including powdered cellulose, modified food starch, and xanthan gum.
At Burger King, he was once again told he was eating just egg. But the website listed nine ingredients, including natural and artificial butter flavor. Subway adds “artificial butter alternative” to their egg, and Taco Bell, Starbucks, an McDonald’s also add chemicals to their eggs.
Dr Oz: Additives & Chemicals In Fast Food Eggs
Is it really that hard for a restaurant to serve the real thing? The reason the additives are there is because the product is made as much as several weeks in advance, and then flash-frozen before being warmed at the restaurant. Those chemicals are added to help the egg keep its shape.
A lot of fast food eggs are perfectly round thanks to a mold, which you can purchase and use at home. In that case, it’s not so bad. But a lot of times you could be eating an egg product made from liquid eggs. About 30% of the eggs we consume each year are from liquid eggs.
The good news is that Dunkin’ Donuts has pledged to reduce the number of ingredients in their eggs. However, your best option is to simply make your own breakfast sandwich at home. You can actually bake eggs in the oven using a muffin tin. Crack an egg into each cup and you’ll have perfectly cooked, round eggs to put on your sandwiches!
Now that you have a better idea of what’s in the eggs, why not find out more about breakfast sausage?
Dr Oz: Breakfast Sausage Patties + Make Your Own
According to Mark, as much as 50% of the frozen breakfast patty on your sandwich can be fat. About 40% is typically the actual meat, like pork, while 10% is made up of fillers, water, and sage, a common herb in breakfast sausage. The right way to make real breakfast sausage is with authentic, real pork shoulder meat, ground up. Then for flavor you have salt, sage, pepper, and, for one local butcher, ground dried maple syrup instead of sugar. It also makes a big difference to use natural casings instead of synthetic.
Your best option is to buy sausage from your local butcher, but if you can’t, look for natural animal ingredients. You should pay closer attention to fillers and avoid them as much as possible.
Dr Oz: Fast Food Breakfast Sandwich Health & Taste Test
Dr Oz then wanted to have a little fun. His medical staff looked at the ten most popular breakfast sandwiches on the market and ranked them based on taste and nutrition. He brought in two celebrity taste-testers to find out if they would agree with the ranking. Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe were willing to bite into each sandwich and share whether they thought it passed a taste test.
The McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin was number six on the list and tasted so bad to Boris he had to spit it out! The Burger King Supreme Breakfast Sandwich was number 10 on the list, but Boris liked the flavor, while Nicole hated the soggy bread. Au Bon Pain makes an Egg Whites and Cheddar Sandwich which was ranked number one on the list at 210 calories. Both Nicole and Boris agreed that it tasted good.
What’s your go-to breakfast sandwich? Do you plan on branching out and trying a different one after Dr Oz’s investigation?