Today, 2/11/2019, Oz discusses all the hidden things in your all-day fast-food breakfast foods that could actually slow you down instead of giving you nutrition. Most of these foods are very high in fat, fried, processed with chemicals and additives, and breads that are not healthy. Dr. Oz looks into headlines scrutinizing the eggs used in fast-food breakfasts, and investigative reporter Tia Brown reveals there are no clear guidelines for classifying real eggs. Did you know some restaurants use liquid eggs?
Breakfast foods are a favorite all day long, and fast-food brands have taken notice by offering breakfast options at all hours. Grab-and-go breakfasts are generally not the healthiest option, but making a few tweaks to your order might be able to save you some calories. Investigative reporter Tia Brown has a couple tricks to make sure your fast-food breakfast is as healthy as it can be.
Breakfast Sandwich Eggs
Since the FDA doesn’t have a clear definition of a real egg, this allows some fast-food brands to use egg products — eggs with additives in them. These are most commonly liquid egg mixtures that can be cooked into egg patties in advance, frozen, and then reheated as needed. Brown says the way to tell if your eggs are made with egg product is to see if it is flat and has a fold in it.
Her trick to ensure you’re getting a fresh egg is to ask to substitute egg for a round egg on your breakfast sandwich. They’ll crack a fresh egg and cook it right in front of you.
Breakfast Sandwich Meats
If you’re looking to add meat onto your breakfast sandwich, you should go for Canadian bacon over regular bacon or a sausage patty. Canadian bacon is considered the healthiest of the three options because it is cut from the back loin of the pig and is leaner and lower in saturated fat.
When compared to a burger, breakfast sandwiches appear to be the healthier option when it comes to calories and saturated fat. However, compared to a burger, these breakfast sandwiches do not match up f protein-wise. Canadian bacon can give your sandwich the low-calorie, high-protein option you’re looking for. If you’re not a fan of breakfast meats, you can double up on the eggs for more protein.
While hash browns are lower in calories when compared to French fries, they are significantly higher in sodium. This crunchy side is made from more than just potatoes, leading it to be not the best option to add to your order. Consider your daily sodium intake next time you’re ordering, and maybe opt out of the potato side.
Brown found that when you order a regular coffee at many fast-food places, you’re likely to get a pre-made beverage that is loaded with milk and sugar. If you want to avoid these added ingredients, Brown suggests being diligent when you order. Ask for an unsweetened, plain coffee for your hot coffee and be careful to ask for nothing added in your iced coffee, or simply ask for a coffee over ice to avoid extras. Then, if you want milk or sugar, add it on your own — just don’t overdo it.
While fast-food shouldn’t be a regular on your daily menu, these tips can help you get the healthiest options when you do get a craving for a fast-food breakfast special.
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