What I just learned about Dr. Oz!!
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nutritiondata.self.com gives information about burgers - all kinds - so:
Burger King Veggie Burger without mayonnaise:
Total Fat: 7 g
Sat Fat: 1 g
trans fat: 0 (which is what gets reported, although 0.1 g is more accurately stated)
Sodium: 890 mg (37% daily value)
Carb: 46 g
Fiber: 4 g.
vitamin A 10%
vitamin C 6%
(take into account that this is based on a 2000 calorie/day diet, and most dieters go below that as a limit...so the sodium would be a higher percentage of daily value allowed. However, this applies for all nutritional reporting) This is for one serving,175 g. '
A Burger King hamburger has 310 calories (same as BK veggie burger) and it weighs less so may be smaller. A serving size is 121 g.
Total fat: 13 g.
sat fat: 5 g
trans fat: 0 g (which is what gets reported, although 0.5 g is more accurately stated)
sodium: 580 mg (24% on a 2,000/day diet)
carb: 31 g
fiber: 2 g
sugar: 6 g
protein: 17 g
iron: 20 %
The veggie burger is heavier and has more fiber. Otherwise, not such dramatic differences, unless you care about saturated fat and cholesterol, or even trans fat numbers. Useful for vegetarians (although not vegans) to have the option. When it's just the standard BK veggie burger, ~with~ mayonnaise, then the sodium DOES go up substantially, and I don't think they change the type of bun used.
Interesting that McDonald's hamburger (which comes with ketchup and mustard, I think), comes in with lower (than BK burger) values:
size (105 g),
total fat (10 g),
sat fat (4 g),
trans fat (0 g) (negligible),
cholesterol (30 mg),
sodium (560 mg) (23% on a 2,000/day diet),
carb (35 g),
fiber (2 g),
sugars (7 g),
protein (12 g).
Vitamin A (0%),
vitamin C (4%),
I think I'd go for the BK veggie burger with mayo, just because it would taste better - and at home, I would use a variety of Morningstar veggie burgers and a variety of toppings, so there I have more flexibility. To me, the McDonald's hambuger is tasty but I finish it in just a few bites! And I like fiber - for me, it makes all the difference as far as satiety (feeling full).
Lots of information about fast food (it has its own category) on nutritiondata.self.com. I used that website long before it was acquired by Self magazine. I haven't noticed any big changes to the way the database is designed and operates since that acquisition.
What this enforces for me is: portion size matters. How does what you choose fit in with other choices? I like Lean Cuisines and frozen meals when I start thinking calories don't count. They come in around a third of the daily sodium allowance - which doesn't bother me if I'm just eating 3 frozen meals in one day and not snacking or adding to those meals. It's not an ideal diet but it is premeasured stuff and I lose weight. Any supplemental meal works the same for me if I count the calories as reported on the box.
Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 7/7/2012 (09:38)
I haven't seen Dr. Oz's show. I googled the BK veggie burger and found out it's a Morningstar brand veggie burger - which is fine, in my opinion. If I absolutely can't resist stopping at a fast food place, I'll go to BK, then!
I already eat morningstar veggie burgers and lots of other substitutes that taste like meat. They are lots less points plus on the Weight Watchers plan, it turns out. Last night, I tried a new brand of burger that is just eggplant. Very tasty - tonight, I will have the same burger without the bun because it tasted THAT good. There are excellent tasting vegetarian options out there in the supermarket - I can easily overeat Quorn 'chicken patties.'
And here's the thing: I'm not a vegetarian. I told myself that if I craved a real burger, I'd splurge using my bonus points. It hasn't happened yet - I really like the veggie burgers on a 'light' hamburger bun (which has 4 grams of fiber, and the veggie burger also has fiber) with ketchup, mustard, lettuce and pickle.
Don't know about Dr. Oz, but the burgers are delicious. If you try one, cook exactly the time recommended for the microwave. It's a very easy meal to prepare, and quick. If you add in baked sweet potato fries, you get even more fiber. Fiber is very filling.
This afternoon's show is all about women with "fat butts"...he even had them all in bathing suits... This was one of three fast foods restaurant meals that he suggested. I was impressed until I went to OUR nutrition page and checked it out!! See for yourself!!
Burger King BK VEGGIE Burger (w/out Reduced Fat Mayonnaise)
Serving Size: 1 serving
The woman who tasted it really enjoyed it and I was thinking this might be good... but look at what I just discovered:
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat 8.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
**************Sodium 1,030.0 mg *******************
Potassium 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 46.0 g
Dietary Fiber 8.0 g
Sugars 8.0 g
Protein 23.0 g
Vitamin A 8.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
Vitamin C 10.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.0 %
Calcium 6.0 %
Copper 0.0 %
Folate 0.0 %
Iron 35.0 %
Magnesium 0.0 %
Manganese 0.0 %
Niacin 0.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
Phosphorus 0.0 %
Riboflavin 0.0 %
Selenium 0.0 %
Thiamin 0.0 %
Zinc 0.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
I'm so thankful for Spark and what it showed me today...saved me from a bout of high blood pressure and I never would have known why!
Edited by: EWL978 at: 6/25/2012 (16:39)
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