John just returned from London and shared information on his various meals. I was struck by his photo of what he called a traditional English breakfast. I suggested that he put in a nutritional breakdown, but said he had a hard time finding the foods in Lose It! Fair enough. Unfortunately, it isn’t very useful to readers the way he wrote it.
I lived in London for a year on a posting by Reuters. I was what they called a Domestic Correspondent (not quite as cool as a Foreign Correspondent, but hey). I spent an amazingly educational 12 months there. In that year, I never owned a phone, a TV set or a car and that was before the internet or personal computers. Despite these apparent ‘deprivations,’ I was never bored for a second in what must be one of the world’s most fascinating cities. I was also a practicing vegetarian at the time so my dining was not traditional British in any way.
Getting back to John’s traditional English breakfast, I have to say that his photo cried out to me for analysis. That is a PLATE LOAD of food!
So here goes. I have used the Lose It! app and made certain assumptions. If you have a comment or adjustment you want to suggest, please do. Readers’ thoughts are always welcome.
One fried egg: 90 calories, 7 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 210 g cholesterol, 94 mg sodium, 0.4 g carbohydrates, no fiber and 6.3 g of protein.
One link sausage: 212 calories, 18.6 g total fat, 6.4 g saturated fat, 47.2 g cholesterol, 540 mg sodium, 1.8 g carbohydrates, no fiber and 8.7 g of protein.
One slice Canadian bacon: 89 calories, 4 g total fat, 1.3 g saturated fat, 28.5 g cholesterol, 803 mg sodium, 1.0 g carbohydrates, no fiber and 11.8 g of protein.
One large slice bread: 100 calories, 1.4 g total fat, 0.3 g saturated fat, no cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 17.8 g carbohydrates, 1.4 g fiber and 4.1 g of protein.
One cup beans: 360 calories, 4 g total fat, 6.1 g saturated fat, 15.5 g cholesterol, 1113 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrates, 18 g fiber and 17.5 g of protein.
TOTAL MEAL: 850 calories, 40.4 g total fat, 16.1 g saturated fat, 301.2 g cholesterol, 2745.4 mg sodium, 19.4 g carbohydrates, 18 grams of fiber and 48.4 g of protein.
My main interest in this meal was the stunning amount of fat in it as well as the amount of fried foods. As you can see there was a stunning 2745 mg of sodium. Experts recommend not more than 1500 mg for folks over 50 years old. Please note that the beans were the main culprit on the sodium and I only estimated one cup. The photo looks like more than a cup.
If I could even finish this much food at one sitting, I am sure I would need a nap afterward. I certainly couldn’t consume it on the way to work.
If you are reading this later than December of 2012, you know that John has left the blog. Check out Notice anything different? and A Love letter to Hostess Ho Ho’s – NOT for the further information on calories and nutrition.