Did you see this week’s Parks and Recreation? It marvelously skewered the embarrassing trend of fast food restaurants deciding that the health of the country is less important than offering something huge, highly caloric,and unnecessarily unhealthy. Of course, this is a real thing that is happening–as underscored by Jack in the Box‘s newest menu item: The Loaded Breakfast Sandwich. Please, America. Your heart can’t handle this sandwich.
According to yesterday’s press release from Jack in the Box (home of, you may remember, the bacon milkshake):
the Loaded Breakfast Sandwich features bacon, American cheese, ham, two eggs and a country-grilled sausage patty on the chain’s signature Sourdough bread.
For those of you keeping track at home, this Ron Swanson-approved first meal option boasts three kinds of meat, plus cheese and two eggs on a roll, which in and of itself runs nearly 300 calories.
No one needs that much breakfast. No one. And, just to show that they really spared no fat or caloric expenses, here’s the nutritional breakdown, courtesy of their website:
But look! Protein! Protein, you guys! Jack in the Box is touting that high protein level as a way to “satisfy even the heartiest of appetites,” calling it one of their “most filling” menu items. Unfortunately, as you can see, the Loaded Breakfast Sandwich has almost no fiber–which is what actually fills you up at breakfast time. And really, 36 grams of protein is nice..when it isn’t coupled with 47 grams of fat, which is about 3/4 of the daily fat intake suggested for most adults, and way more than anyone who’s trying to lose weight should be eating.
But it’s not just the fact that it’s close to half of the daily recommended caloric intake for most sedentary Americans. Everything that could be wrong with this sandwich is. At over 500 milligrams of cholesterol, this breakfast sandwich is well over the daily recommended limit of 300. The Loaded Breakfast Sandwich also delivers a full day’s recommended dose sodium–at breakfast time. Which means that someone who eats this sandwich on their way to work is pretty much done for the day and, to retain a healthy level of sodium, would have to eat almost nothing processed until the next day.
Eating a hearty, filling breakfast is a smart thing to do, because it helps get your body moving and keeps you from grazing on less-healthy things later in the day. But loading up with a Loaded Breakfast Sandwich that delivers a full day’s cholesterol, fat, and sodium, with none of the fiber or other nutrients that you need? There’s absolutely no reason for that.
Image courtesy of Jack in the Box