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Should you eat it? Panera Bread’s Spinach and Bacon Baked Egg Souffle

March 28th, 2010 | no comments

No! Don’t let the words “baked” and “spinach” fool you! This flaky little thing packs a big sodium and saturated fat punch! In fact, it’s probably one of the most unhealthy things on the entire menu (competing for first place are New England Clam Chowder and Mac-n-Cheese). Here are the facts:

Spinach & Bacon Baked Egg Souffle (serving size= 1 souffle):

Calories: 580; Total fat: 39 grams (61% fat); Saturated fat: 21 grams (54% saturated fat…OUCH!); Trans fat: 1 gram; Cholesterol: 175 mg; Sodium: 940 mg; Carbohydrates: 34 grams; Fiber: 2 grams; Protein: 23 grams

Not a wise choice if you love your heart! Instead, why not order a whole grain bagel with peanut butter. Look at how much more heart-friendly this choice is:

Panera Bread Whole Grain Bagel with Peanut Butter (serving size: 1 bagel + 1 tbsp peanut butter):

Calories: 455; Fat: 11 grams (22% fat); Saturated fat: 1.25 grams (11% saturated fat); Trans fat: 0 grams; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 490 mg; Carbohydrates: 73 grams; Fiber: 7 grams; Protein: 16 grams

Much better! Using Panera Bread’s online nutrition calculator you can now make smarter choices. Visit: http://www.paneranutrition.com/ to plug in your favorite menu items and see how they measure up!

Since February is National Heart Month, love your heart and be kind to it…watch your sodium, saturated and trans fat intake.

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