September 2, 2008

Numbers Game: Answer

Au Bon Pain's "sausage, egg, and cheddar on an asiago bagel" breakfast menu item contains 810 calories and 115 percent of a day's worth of saturated fat (for a 2,000 calorie diet).

I find those numbers quite shocking.

That caloric value represents half of what some people should be eating in an entire day!

It is precisely when I see these kinds of figures that I don't understand how anyone can perceive mandatory calorie posting on menu boards as a "bad" or unnecessary idea.

By the way, if you're an Au Bon Pain breakfast person who loves a bagel in the morning, you still have options.

One of your best? Eggs on a honey 9 grain bagel.

Not only do you cut calories significantly (down to 360), you also get 4 grams of fiber (the 9 grain bagel offers the most fiber, although I don't believe it is 100% whole grain) and only FIVE percent of your daily saturated fat limit.

Additionally, the 21 grams of protein will do their part in helping you feel full well into the late morning.

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