It would be nice if the Food and Drug Administration stopped issuing warnings about toxic substances and just gave me the names of one or two things still safe to eat.....
Remember when breakfast was the healthiest meal of the day? Well it does not seem that way anymore. Here is a list of so called worst and best breakfast foods in America.....Enjoy and stay healthy!!!
6: Worst Breakfast Beverage:
Starbucks Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with whole milk and whipped cream (venti, 24 oz)
27 g fat (17 g saturated)
103 g sugars
Pure black coffee is one of the world's most potent elixirs. In fact, research shows that a morning cup can help decrease your risk of Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and type-2 diabetes. That’s good news, since 77 percent of U.S. adults over 18 years of age drink coffee on a daily or occasional basis. But here’s the problem: There's a big difference between an untainted cup of joe and the souped-up, sugar-loaded blends (this particular drink contains 26 scoops of sugar) that list coffee as one of the ingredients. And this Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha is the definition of caffeinated indulgence. You can switch to an equally delicious and refreshing drink (Starbucks has plenty, such as the caffe mocha, which is still coffee with chocolate in it, after all), and cut 520 calories in the process!
Drink This Instead!
6 g fat (2.5 g saturated)
26 g sugars
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#5: Worst Pastry Breakfast:
Cinnabon Regular Caramel Pecanbun
56 g fat (10 g saturated, 5 g trans)
47 g sugars
This isn’t breakfast—this is dessert. And an atrocious one at that. The only speck of nutrition to be found in the bun comes from the nuts. Too bad they’re coated in sugar. This dangerously bloated bun contains nearly an entire day’s worth of fat and more than half of your daily allotment of calories.
That’s as much as you’ll find in 8 White Castle hamburgers. The Cinnabon Stix below are far from a healthy breakfast, but they're better than nothing (albeit barely).
Eat This Instead!
21 g fat (6 g saturated, 4 g trans)
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#4: Worst Scrambled Eggs Breakfast:
Bob Evans Border Scramble Biscuit Bowl
57 g fat (25 g saturated)
3,055 mg sodium
Bob Evans also offers a Border Scramble Omelet, which contains nearly 400 fewer calories than this overflowing biscuit bowl. The difference in is the bowl itself (several hundred calories of carbohydrate-loaded dough) and the cheese sauce—this biscuit bowl boasts a Queso sauce that no one in his or her right mind would consider a healthy topping. Instead of switching to the Border Scramble Omelet, however, cut another hundred calories by choosing the Garden Harvest, which is also loaded with vegetables.
Eat This Instead!
Garden Harvest Omelet
38 g fat (17 g saturated)
1,762 mg sodium
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#3: Worst Breakfast Sandwich:
Denny’s Grand Slamwich
90 g fat (42 g saturated, 1 g trans)
Word to the wise: If a restaurant menu item is named for its monstrous size, there’s not a chance it’s good for you. Words like “Grand” and “Big” and “Double” are all tip-offs: Steer clear of this Frankenfood at all costs. This ginormous breakfast sandwich comes with a day and a half worth of sodium, as much saturated fat as you’ll find in 42 strips of bacon, and the caloric equivalent of four and a half cheeseburgers from McDonald’s.
37 g fat (12 g saturated, 0 g trans)
940 mg sodium
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#2: Worst Pancakes:
Friendly’s Apple Caramel Walnut Pancakes
30 g fat (11 g saturated)
Friendly’s has one of the worst breakfast menus of any restaurant we’ve seen—we had to customize the “Eat This Instead” order below to make it even worth considering. Quick tip: When eating at Friendly’s, never order anything sweet or pastry-like, like these pancakes. No matter what you’ve ordered, you’re guaranteed at least 900 calories. And that’s before you get to the sides. For the best breakfast meal, choose protein-rich foods, like eggs, and skip all sugar- and carbohydrate-laden sides, like toast, muffins, or pancakes.
Super Sizzlin’ Bacon Combo (with 3 scrambled Egg Beaters, hold the toast)
29 g fat (5 g saturated)
1,310 mg sodium
Bonus tip: Most people wouldn’t assume pancakes are a healthy choice. But what about those who are trying to eat healthy and end up with a plate full of calories and fat? To see how that’s entirely possible, check out our list of 20 Salads Worse Than a Whopper.
#1: The Worst Breakfast in America:
Cheesecake Factory French Toast Napoleon
61 g saturated fat
1,769 mg sodium
The Cheesecake Factory never fails to amaze us. This outrageous restaurant consistently earns the title of “Worst” on nearly every list we create. Their French Toast Napoleon is no exception—it contains well over a day’s worth of calories (that’s about the equivalent of 19 bowls of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, to give you some idea). It also has 61 grams of saturated fat (three times your daily limit). The only saving grace here is that not all of Cheesecake’s breakfast items are inedible. You’ll be safe if you stick to the healthy (and healthy sounding) scramble, below.
Shiitake Mushroom, Spinach and Goat Cheese Scramble
16g saturated fat
994 mg sodium
13 g carbohydrates
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until next time...