The news yesterday was filled with all sorts of stories about Burger King's new Enormous Omelet Sandwich. At 730 calories and 47 grams of fat, it's even worse for you than one of their Whopper sandwiches. I'm still on the Schwartzkins Beach Diet, so I'm not going near this thing, but what I want to know is why it's even newsworthy? It's not like obscene calorie and fat counts are really something new to the eating-out-for-breakfast scene.
Take a look at this chart of nutritional information for the menu at Denny's. Plenty of their offerings are just as bad or worse than the Enormous Omelet Sandwich. The "Meat Lover's Skillet" ("Diced ham, bacon and sausage over seasoned country-fried potatoes. Topped with shredded Cheddar cheese and two eggs. Served with choice of bread") comes in at 1211 calories and 95 grams of fat! And their "Original Grand Slam ("Buttermilk pancakes, eggs*, bacon and sausage. Two of each!"), an ever more reasonable choice, still out-does the Enormous Omelet Sandwich at an ever more reasonable 795 calories and 50 grams of fat! And if you think that ordering the Veggie Cheese Omelette ("Sautéed onions, green peppers and mushrooms folded in with diced tomatoes and shredded Cheddar cheese. Served with hash browns or grits and choice of bread.") is a healthy choice at Denny's, think again! At 714 calories and 53 grams of fat, it's still in the same league as the Enormous Omelet Sandwich. I don't want to be unfair to Denny's though. I'm just listing them because (a) they're so typical, (b) I easily found the nutrition information with a quick Google search, and (c) they have a decent web site so I could look up the descriptions of their menu items easily. You can, in fact, order their Slim Slam ("Scrambled Egg Beaters®, a slice of grilled honey ham and two buttermilk pancakes with choice of blueberry, strawberry or cherry topping"), which comes in at 495 calories and 12 grams of fat. (That's according to the chart I found. Denny's web site lists slightly different, and more favorable, numbers.) They also have some low carb offerings.
The only reason I can think of that this might have been newsworthy is that you can now get your ultra-high calorie and fat breakfast at the drive-through window, but Burger King is really only marginally worse in that respect, too. The Dunkin Donuts Sausage Egg Cheese Bagel Sandwich comes in at 680 calories and 29 grams of fat, and... be honest about this now... wouldn't you probably top that off with the 180 calories and 8 grams of fat from a glazed donut?
Oh, by the way... I'm wondering why Dunkin Donuts' site is redirecting everything, including their home page, to an SSL connection. Are they that worried about Krispy Kreme's spys sniffing their traffic?