The Egg McMuffin, a Healthy Breakfast?

I always advise my clients to eat a healthy breakfast to start their day. So one of my clients tells me he had an Egg Mc Muffin for breakfast “How bad  can an egg mc muffin be?” he asks, “it’s an egg, Canadian bacon cheese and an English muffin?” My thinking is, its fast food and that’s what it appears to be but is that what it really is?

So I did some research on the Egg Mc Muffin and this is what I found:

Here are the nutritional facts for one Egg McMuffin:

300 calories, 12g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 18g protein, 2g fiber, 820 mg sodium (almost a days worth!)

 

Ingredients

Egg:
USDA Grade A eggs, soy lecithin (release agent). Prepared with Liquid Margarine*.

In fact the egg and soy lecithin parts are almost equal.

Pasteurized Process American Cheese:
Milk, water, milkfat, cheese culture, sodium citrate, salt, citric acid, sorbic acid (preservative), sodium phosphate, artificial color, lactic acid, acetic acid, enzymes, soy lecithin (added for slice separation).

Canadian Style Bacon:
Pork, water, sugar, salt, sodium lactate, sodium phosphate, natural flavor (vegetable), sodium diacetate and sodium nitrite (preservatives).

*Liquid Margarine:
Liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, mono-and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color).

Over 50 ingredients! Yummy!!

Not a healthy way to start the day. 300 calories of a lot of preservatives, artificial colors and sodium with very little nutrients.

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About Christine, Chicago's Fitness and Nutrition Consultant

I am a fitness and nutrition consultant who loves taking snapshots.
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