Lesley Kennedy

Top 5 Fast-Food Breakfast Sandwiches

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So yeah, we know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we’d love to get up early, fix ourselves a tasty egg-white omelet with a mound of seasonal fresh fruit and a slice of toast on the side (from homemade bread, of course). But here’s the reality: grabbing a breakfast egg sandwich from the closest drive-thru and scarfing it down as we race to the office.

 

The big question? Which fast-food breakfast sandwich to choose?

 

Well, let Consumer Reports help you decide. Surprisingly, the folks better known for taking new Hondas for a few laps around the test track have recalibrated their clipboards and set their pens a’clickin’ to rate — of all things — breakfast sandwiches.

 

The magazine surveyed 106 options from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway and Wendy’s, and looked at the reported amount of calories, fat, sodium, sugar and fiber in each before rating them on a scale of “poor” to “excellent.”

 

From there, testers narrowed their selections down to the one or two most nutritious sandwiches from at least three different locations of each chain.

 

It may come as no surprise that, as far as nutrition goes, only six managed to rate “very good” (no “excellents” here), and it turns out, those were all from Subway. McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s didn’t even make it past “fair.”

 

But what about taste?

 

There was one clear winner: Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread sandwich. It was the only breakfast sandwich to rank “very good” for taste. The next four appear to get a shoulder-shrugging “good”:

 

• Burger King’s BK Egg & Cheese Muffin

 

• McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

 

• Starbucks’s Chicken Sausage Wrap

 

• Subway’s Egg White and Cheese Muffin Melt.

 

So there you have it. If you’re going to rely on Consumer Reports to rate everything from the car you drive to the dishwasher you buy, then why not your fast-food breakfast sandwich, too?

 

Despite the ho-hum ratings, you still might find yourself hitting the drive-thru in the a.m. In that case, the magazine suggests having your breakfast sandwich toasted for better taste, passing on the cheese or meat, opting for egg whites for better nutrition — and gulping it down quickly because it’ll be much better hot.

 

Don’t worry; our morning sandwich doesn’t stay in the bag long.

 

 

 

 

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