Monday, December 31, 2007

Leader of the Bunned

Here's something interesting I noticed at my local Carl's Jr. for anyone who's interested in...well, not taking in an exorbitant amount of calories when going out, I suppose.

I looked at two different items on their big "Nutritional Content" sign on the wall of the place. The first was the "Original Six Dollar Burger" which has the following ingredients:
-Charbroiled 100% Angus Beef Patty
-Two Slices of American Cheese
-Two Slices of Tomato
-Red Onions
-Pickles
-Mustard
-Mayonnaise
-Ketchup
-Lettuce
-Sesame Seed Bun

Now, the second item I looked at is the "Low Carb Six Dollar Burger." Ingredients!
-Charbroiled 100% Angus Beef Patty
-Two Slices of American Cheese
-Two Slices of Tomato
-Red Onions
-Pickles
-Mustard
-Mayonnaise
-Ketchup
-Lettuce

Now, as a keen mind will notice, these items are exactly the same, with the small exception of the latter item having no sesame seed bun (it's wrapped in lettuce). So, anyhoo, when you compare the nutritional facts about these two items, you get...well, let me show you:

Wow. Keep in mind, these items are identical with the exception of the bun. So, let's see what that bun adds:
-520 calories
-270 calories from fat
-31 grams of fat
-12 grams of saturated fat
-20 mg of cholesterol
-690 mg of sodium
-54 grams of carbohydrates (well, that one was kind of a given)
-A gram of dietary fiber
-14 grams of sugar
-7 grams of protein

That's a lot of numbers, but the thing that stuck out to me was the fact that the bun alone comprises more than half of the calories of the entire burger. That was a total surprise to me.

I really don't like the name of the Low Carb burger, because it makes it sound like the low carb diet is a good one. I would have preferred a name like they have at In-N-Out ("Protein Burger"); however, I suppose if there is a bandwagon present, people will be tying their Air Jordans. In any event, I'm not endorsing a low carb diet (I likes mah toast n' biskits!), but think about it; if you're buying a burger for, y'know, the inside, it may not be such a bad idea - for you paunch's sake - to get a different outside.

2 comments:

Squall said...

Happy new years to you too.

Christopher said...

Thanks a lot, now you ruined my appetite for one of my faviorte things - bread.

-Comrade Chavez