Let me first say this – I don’t spend a lot of time at fast food restaurants. I haven’t been to one in months. But I’m consumed by this weird fascination with the whole industry.
We’re at a really interesting point in the history of food. It has never been safer, more readily available or more diverse. We have, as a culture, the technology to grow healthy food in a multitude of environments and make it available to the public at any time, at any place in this country of ours.
We have methods to preserve foods that, just 50 years ago, you had to consume within days of harvest. Heck, an orange in New York used to be an oddity – now people in the north can eat them every day of the week if they wanted.
And these technologies have been embraced by a lot of restaurants and grocery stores, expanding local flavors and offering new ways to eat healthy.
But the fast food industry has run in the opposite direction. Take, unassuming as it may sound, Dunkin’ Donuts for example. They have the same technology available to them as everybody else, but do they use it to make inexpensive food that is healthy and fresh? Nope. They make this, the blueberry waffle breakfast sandwich:
Keep in mind, this is Dunkin’ Donuts own photo which means this is as good as it could possibly, under any circumstance, look. The blueberries next to it are also misleading, considering what constitutes the “blueberry nuggets” that are actually in the waffle.
I’ve got nothing against Dunkin’ Donuts, but I just find this whole phenomenon bizarre. To me, eggs, cheese and sausage sandwiched between two blueberry waffles is a weird breakfast – and the shapes of everything kinda creeps me out – the perfectly round egg thing and the perfectly square sausage and cheese. I don’t know, maybe I’m crazy.
Nutrition wise, it’s got 550 calories, 38 grams of fat and 78% of your daily cholesterol. It’s no Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl, but still pretty bad.
And the ingredient list is strange as well, not for any one particular thing, really, but just a general abundance of ingredients.
Most of the ingredients are your typical fast food fillers (the waffle, sausage and eggs all contain citric acid, for example). The sausage does contain BHA and Propyl Gallate, which are both approved by the FDA but having been subject to some debate, especially since they have been shown to cause cancer in certain animals.
Regardless, while you’re at Dunkin’ Donuts, make sure to get a Coffee Coolatta. It’s a great way to start your day – with only 800 calories in a large, 46 grams of fat and 145% of your daily saturated fat intake. Considering it’s a drink, that’s pretty impressive. I’ll look for something to top it, but until then, this might be the worst thing you could drink.
I’ll keep a lookout for the next crazy fast food trend, but until then, thanks for reading.