Have a healthy (not) lunch

TheFoodAss | General | Friday, October 6th, 2006

Panera is one of those crazy places where all knowledge and reason dissapear. You walk in to the sight of fresh breads, crazied employees whipping up tasty looking salads and pressing fresh crunchy sandwiches on the panini grill’s…. They have an excellent marketing team reaching millions of yuppies, wanna-be hipsters and just-dropped-the-kids-off-at-daycare housewives around the nation, with their “Bakery Cafes”. Dont be fooled though, Panera is just as corporate crappy fast food as the rest of em’

Panera may not have a deep fryer in sight, but most of their miniature-sized sandwiches pack a larger calorie punch than a Big Mac. Lets analyze.

The couple times I have visited my local Panera franchise, I had the Chicken Caesar Sandwich, and a seasonal offering they do not offer anymore. The sandwich tasted pretty good, but was UBER small, about 1/3 of what I expect from a sandwich. It also broke the bank. It also had 750 Calories, 32 grams fat (9 saturated) and 2020mg sodium (84% DV). Quite the dense little sandwich for seeming so small, and made out of chicken. That bread must be a killer.

So then I took a look at some other sandwiches:

  • Italian Combo Sandwich: 1100 calories, 56g/fat, 20g/saturated fat (that’s 100% daily value folks… good luck eating anything else today) and 3200mg sodium (133%)!!
  • Tuscan Chicken Sandwich: 740cal/30g/1570mg
  • Pepperblue Steak: 900cal/42g/2060mg
  • Sierra Turkey Sandwich: 960cal/53g/2310mg… It’s a fricken turkey sandwich! Jesus.
  • McDonalds Big Mac: 590cal/30g/1010mg sodium

The Big Mac is by far the healthiest choice out of all the Panera sandwiches. Obviously their marketing works, anytime you go in one of their “Bakery Cafes” they are filled with women that think they know, but dont. These are the same people that somehow think a Bacardi and Diet Coke is less calories than a beer (It’s not, they are almost exactly the same… but it’s so hard to find out)
I encourage you to look for yourself. That goes for all restaurants, I think you would be suprised at what you find when you always know what your eating. Panera is most certainly not worth those calories, so I advise leaving your baked good needs to a REAL bakery, and eating a sandwich from a real sandwich shop. Or home. Whatever.


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