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3/7/13 11:39 A

Thanks everyone!

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3/6/13 10:02 P

I'd definitely go with what the restaurant says. Who knows the components of the generic entry, the size if the bisquit it uses, etc.

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3/6/13 9:24 P

I go off what the restaurant's website says, and enter it in myself. Many of the entries in the tracker are old, and restaurants change their formulas all the time. So, I figure what's on the restaurant site is the most accurate.

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3/6/13 9:22 P

they only put about 1 and a half pieces of bacon on the biscuit, and bacon has less calories than the eggs aren't real eggs, they are those egg beaters or something similar. So I am thinking it wouldnt be as bad as a sausage and cheese (which I used to buy) and figured that was a better choice...even if not by much.
But how do you know?? Ya know?

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3/6/13 9:18 P

you go with the most accurate entry you can find. in other words if the fast food place has a website, use their info for what you ate. if it's something you can break down part by part, do that and enter everything separately. because when you use a generic entry, the generic entry is either a specific item that you don't necessarily have the recipe for or it's an average of some of the most common recipes. which means it can be really off. for example when i make my version of a broccoli, cheese and rice dish it runs significantly below the generic entries [i use a lot more broccoli and vegetables in it].

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3/6/13 8:53 P

When I order a regular sausage and cheese biscuit, that amounts to about 450 calories. You're adding eggs on there, so that's a pretty big boost. I would be inclined to go with the larger of the two entries.

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3/6/13 8:39 P

I got a bacon egg and cheese biscuit for breakfast from Hardees. I know it is not a wise choice, but when I was tracking my calories this morning I chose the one that looked like it was put in by Sparkpeople. I browsed some of the others as well, all were pretty close. 560 calories is what it had listed. Tonight I was curious and went to Hardees website and it says 450..110 calorie difference is a big deal. How do you know which is correct? I am ok when checking packages, but not as easy with fast food.

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