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How Many Calories in Wendy’s New Fish Sandwich?

With Lent in full swing, Wendy’s has brought back their special hand made fish sandwich. It weighs 3.4 ounces which is pretty big, by my reckoning it comes in bigger than McDonald’s fish sammy. The Wendy’s offering is also hand-cut 100 percent North Pacific Cod and covered with a panko crumb coating.

You can almost feel the  chill North Pacific wind

You can almost feel the chill North Pacific wind

Here is the nutritional breakdown according to Caloriecount:
Calories 480
Total fat 24 grams
Sat fat 4.0 grams
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 980 mg
Carbohydrates 50 grams
Fiber 2 grams
Protein 17 grams

This is definitely a larger offering than McDonald’s which comes in with a total of 380 calories. You can read my full write up of the Filet-o-Fish here.

Regarding the Wendy’s offering, that’s a lot of fat for a fish sandwich. More importantly I have a problem with the 980 mg of Sodium. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say we shouldn’t consume more than 1500 mg in a day and this is 2/3 of that in one meal without a soft drink or fries being considered.

As far as taste goes, you will have to decide that for yourself. I don’t expect to be throwing my line in for one of these any time soon. I have a problem with that much fat and salt in a fish sammy, though.

Tony

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How Many Calories in Wendy’s Son of Baconator?

Wendy’s, which once occupied a bit of the high ground in the fast food space by selling only freshly made burgers instead of previously frozen ones, seems to be taking a page from Burger King’s playbook of late, introducing massive offerings that likely are aimed at the young guy mega-eating crowd.

The Wendy’s Baconator

It has the Baconator, with two patties, cheese and bacon, which comes in at a whopping 970 calories, 570 of those calories coming from fat. The sodium content of that is 2,020 mgs, a day’s supply and more, depending on your health conditions. Continue reading

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My Take on Five Guys — What About Taste?

My blogging mate Tony and James Chase, a friend and former colleague from my days writing for PRWeek, got into a little discussion about the calories involved with Five Guys burgers and fries a while back.

It was interesting to read James defend Five Guys as having fresh ingredients and wonderful product as well as his suggests for cutting some calories out of the offerings there.

I recently tried a Five Guys for the first time after hearing people rave about it for some time. I was excited since I love a good hamburger. But Five Guys disappointed me, I have to say. In the end I judge its burger as just another fast food offering I’m afraid (sorry, James).
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Health Care Bill Means Big Changes for Chain Restaurants

The much dissected and debated new federal healthcare bill will mean big changes for places you may eat at every day. The measure includes requirements for restaurant operators with more than 20 outlets, i.e. fast food chains, to “post calorie counts for standard items on menus and menu boards as well as calories per serving for each item on a buffet and salad bar,” reports Nation’s Restaurant News (there’s a link to this story on our News page along with another on the same topic).

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“In addition, restaurateurs would be required to post a brief statement regarding daily caloric intake and advise guests that additional nutrition information is available. Other nutrition data, which must be available on request, would include calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, sugars, dietary fiber and protein.

“The new federal standard will supersede similar measures already approved in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Philadelphia, and a dozen other localities. However, New York City’s law, which requires that chains with 15 or more outlets post nutrition data, will remain the same,” the trade paper reports.

Wow. I’ve seen mixed reports on the impact on eating that New York City’s requirements have had. At least one study I’ve read about says seeing calories on menus have caused people to order less, but others have found different results. I think seeing calories can only help us all make smarter choices.

I’m not sure when this provision of the law goes into effect but I can’t wait to see what impact it has. Perhaps it will push some fast food operators to reformulate items rather than tell the public just how many calories they’re getting in some of the junk available.
John

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