Is Chick-Fil-A Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich healthy?


By: Chick-Fil-A

34
CQ SCORE

310
CALORIES PER SERVING

63
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

MED

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

LOW

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 56.3
  • Fat 8.3
  • Protein 35.5

+ Good Source of Fiber - the USDA cites fiber as underconsumed nutrient of public health concern

- Highly Processed

- Contains Added Sugars- the American Heart Association recommends no more than 24g daily for women and 36g for men

! High Sodium - the average American consumes more than twice the American Heart Association daily recommended 1,500 mg

Macronutrient Score

Are the proteins, fats, and carbs in this food from the best sources?

22.4/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 8.3%
Fat Quality: 66.7 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 56.3%
Carb Quality: 40.8 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 35.5%
Protein Quality: 100.0 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 11
Whole Carb Ingredients - 1

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

11.1/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 7.5/10.0
Comparable Product: BURGER KING, Original Chicken Sandwich
Comparable Product Nutrient Density score: 8.6/20.0
Plant score: 0.0/15.0
Sodium & Added Sugar Detractor: - 5.0

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

35 Processed Ingredients
28 Other Ingredients
5 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

63

INGREDIENTS

Click into ingredient for summary

Whole Breast Filet

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DESCRIPTION

Sugar P RG S

Sugar

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

The generalized name for sweet, short-chains of soluble carbohydrates. The world produced about 168 million tonnes of sugar in 2011. The average person consumes about 24 kilograms (53 lb) of sugar each year (33.1 kg in industrialised countries), equivalent to over 260 food calories per person, per day. New FDA nutrition facts labels recommend no more than 50g of added sugars per day. Potential negative health effects of excess sugar consumption include addiction, Alzheimer's disease, changes in blood glucose levels, cardiovascular disease, hyperactivity, obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.

Salt

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride. Salt is essential for animal life, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. In general, Americans should limit daily sodium consumption to 2,300 milligrams, but this is an upper safe limit, not a recommended daily allowance.

Dextrose P RG S

Dextrose

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Dextrose is an added sugar made from corn regularly used by the food processing industry.

Garlic Powder

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DESCRIPTION

Garlic powder is the powdered version of whole garlic and contains all the potential benefits of garlic including cholesterol reduction and immune support.

Onion Powder

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DESCRIPTION

Onion powder is made from dehydrated onions. It has a noticeable flavor but is low in sodium and can be a good substitute for salt. Onion powder is a source of calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

Maltodextrin

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Maltodextrin is a a relatively flavorless food additive used as a thickener.

Autolyzed Yeast Extract

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Autolyzed yeast (containing the cell walls) or autolyzed yeast extract consists of concentrations of yeast cells that are allowed to die and break up, so that the yeasts’ endogenous digestive enzymes break their proteins down into simpler compounds (amino acids and peptides).

Spice

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Nutrient labels do not always break out spice mixtures because of trade secrets.

Disodium Inosinate

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

A flavor enhancer/intensifier that is often used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium guanylate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and is almost always derived from animal origin. Unlike disodium guanylate, disodium inosinate is completely ineffective without MSG.

Disodium Guanylate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

A flavor enhancer/intensifier often used in conjunction with MSG and sometimes disodium inosinate (the latter combination is known as disodium 5'-ribonucleotides). It is a purine - a naturally occurring precursor to DNA and RNA - and can be isolated from certain mushrooms, dried fish, and dried seaweed.

Natural Flavors

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

The FDA requires the term natural flavor or natural flavoring be applied for any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.

Color

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Color description to be deleted

Yeast Extract

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Yeast extract is commonly the name given to processed yeast products made through extraction and are used as a food additive to create savory flavors.

Modified Food Starch

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Modified starch, also called starch derivatives, are prepared by physically, enzymatically, or chemically treating native starch to change its properties. Modified starches are used in food products as a thickening agent, stabilizer or emulsifier.

Sea Salt

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

salt produced by the evaporation of seawater.

Soybean Oil

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Controversial

DESCRIPTION

Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of soybeans. The Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio is ~7:1. Health concerns have been expressed around the carcinogen N‐Nitrosodi-n-butylamine found in soybean oil.

Palm Kernel Oil

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Palm oil is an edible vegetable oil high in saturated fat derived from the fruit of the oil palms. Along with coconut oil, palm oil is one of the few highly saturated vegetable fats and is semi-solid at room temperature.

Soy Lecithin

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Lecithins are oily substances that occur naturally in plants (soybeans) and animals (egg yolks). It’s actually a very popular ingredient – one of the top 10 most used ingredients in processed foods. Since soybeans are one of the cheapest crops in the US (thanks in part to federal subsidies to growers), it makes sense to use a cheap, natural soy derived emulsifier in food processing. People concerned about GMOs and those who avoid refined oils should avoid Soy Lecithin.

Natural And Artificial Flavor

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

The FDA requires the term artificial flavor or artificial flavoring be applied for any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof. Conversely, the term natural flavor or natural flavoring applies to any substance to impart flavor that is derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof.

Tbhq And Citric Acid Added As Preservatives

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DESCRIPTION

Artificial Color

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Food coloring agent. There is some evidence to support claims that certain food coloring agents may cause food intolerance and ADHD-like behavior in some children.

Paprika

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DESCRIPTION

a powdered spice with a deep orange-red colour and a mildly pungent flavour, made from the dried and ground fruits of certain varieties of pepper.

Potassium Phosphate

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DESCRIPTION

Wheat Flour

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Wheat flour is a powder made from the grinding of wheat used for human consumption. More wheat flour is produced than any other flour. The ingredient can be ambiguous but products labeled wheat flour typically are not whole grain.

Malted Barley Flour

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Malted Barley Flour is made from barley that is malted (e.g. barley that is allowed to germinate), steam-dried, hulled, then ground and sifted. It is usually made from the species of barley that has six rows of seed to it per head.

Niacin

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Vitamin B3. Used for colour retention agent.

Reduced Iron

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DESCRIPTION

A fine iron powder, typically obtained by treating ferric oxide with hydrogen and used as an additive in foods, medicines, etc.

Thiamin Mononitrate

FUNCTIONS

Added Vitamin

DESCRIPTION

The salt thiamine mononitrate is used for food fortification for vitamin B1.

Riboflavin

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DESCRIPTION

Riboflavin is part of the vitamin B group and is regularly used as a dietary supplement.

Folic Acid

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Added Vitamin

DESCRIPTION

Folic Acid is part of the vitamin B group and is used for flour and food fortification.

Wheat Bran

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

The refined bran of the wheat plant with the germ and endosperm removed.

Cracked Wheat

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DESCRIPTION

grains of wheat that have been crushed into small pieces:

Yeast P RG

Yeast

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

a microscopic fungus consisting of single oval cells that reproduce by budding, and capable of converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

Sugar Cane Syrup

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Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Contains 2% Or Less Of Each Of The Following: Wheat Gluten

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DESCRIPTION

Rolled Whole Wheat

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

Rye Meal

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DESCRIPTION

Contains One Or More Of The Following: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Prepared from lactic, stearic, and fatty acids. Calcium variety is used as dough conditioner and whipping agent. Sodium variety used as an emulsifier in a wide variety of foods. When fumaric acid is used in place of lactic acid, it is called sodium stearoyl fumarate.

Monoglycerides And/Or Diglycerides

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium Peroxide

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium Iodate

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DESCRIPTION

Datem

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

DATEM is an emulsifier primarily used in baking to create a strong gluten network in dough.

Ethoxylated Mono - And Diglycerides

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DESCRIPTION

Azodicarbonamide

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Azodicarbonamide is used for the following reasons in the baking industry: to bleach flour (to make flour whiter), as a dough conditioner, and as an aging ingredient.In addition, this chemical is used as a blowing agent in the rubber and plastics industries. Also used as the foaming agent in the plastic gaskets that are used to seal metal lids to glass packaging.

Enzymes

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Enzymes accelerate, or catalyze, chemical reactions. Enzymes are commonly used in the production of food.

Calcium Sulfate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

A white powder with no odor or color used as a firming agent and dough conditioner. Also used as a coagulant in foods such as tofu.

Honey P RG S

Honey

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Honey is a naturally occurring added sugar. In a 100 gram serving, honey provides 304 calories with no essential nutrients in significant content.

Molasses P RG S

Molasses

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Molasses is a by-product of refining sugarcane or sugar beets into sugar. It serves as a primary component in brown sugar.

Monocalcium Phosphate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Monocalcium phosphate is used as a leavening agent, meaning it is used in dough or batter to cause the mixture to raise. It is also used in canned fruits and vegetables because it is helpful in maintaining the firmness of fruits and vegetables.

Ammonium Sulfate

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Carriers are substances that can be used to hold other additives. Used for improving agent.

To Retard Spoilage

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DESCRIPTION

Tomatoes

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Tomatoes description to be updated

Green Leaf Lettuce

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DESCRIPTION

Cucumbers

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DESCRIPTION

Vinegar

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Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Vinegar is an alcoholic fluid allowed to sour that is primarily used to flavor and preserve foods. Vinegar contains few nutrients and few calories. Vinegar may provide health benefits if used to replace certain higher calorie alternatives.

Calcium Chloride

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Odorless powder which is the salt of calcium. Used as a firming agent and to flavor foods with a salty taste without increasing sodium levels.

Alum

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DESCRIPTION

Preservative

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DESCRIPTION

acting to preserve something:

Polysorbate 80

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

An emulsifier, thickener, and humectant created by adding an oleic acid molecule to sorbitol. It is a thick liquid that is commonly used in non-dairy creamers and whipped cream to prevent oil separation and allow whiteners to dissolve.

Yellow 5

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Controversial

DESCRIPTION

Tartrazine, known as Yellow 5, is a synthetic dye commonly used as a food coloring in the production of some potato chips, jams, candy, and drinks. Yellow 5 contains benzidene, a human and animal carcinogen permitted in low levels. The dye may cause allergic reactions such as asthma though such reaction is in low prevalence. Other potential harmful effects include hyperactivity and risk of cancer. The dye is banned in Austria and Norway

Blue 1

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Controversial

DESCRIPTION

Brilliant Blue FCF, known as Blue 1, is a blue food dye derived from petroleum commonly found in soups, icings, popsicles, blue raspberry flavored products and liqueurs such as Blue Curacao. While toxicology studies have shown the dye is relatively safe, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has argued the dye may be linked to ADD and hyperactivity. The FDA has issued a warning of toxicity associated with the use of feeding tubes tinted with Blue 1.

Nutrition Label
Amt per Serving Daily Value1

Calories

310Kcal

15%

Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1.0g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 830mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 16%
Dietary Fiber 4.0g 16%
Sugars 10g
Estimated Added Sugars 4g 13%
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 675mcg 45%
Vitamin C 9.0mg 15%
Calcium 150mg 15%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
1) Daily values adapted from new nutrition label that manufacturers must comply with by July 2018, found in the Food and Drug Administration�s Final Rule �Food Labeling: Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels,� pages 903�906 with the exception of added sugars and sodium based on American Heart Association recommendations
Source:
Micronutrient Profile of Comparable Product
Product: BURGER KING, Original Chicken Sandwich - 199g - 569Kcal
Amt per Serving Daily Value1
Minerals
Magnesium 46mg 12%
Potassium 390mg 6%
Phosphorus 255mg 26%
Zinc 1mg 8%
Copper N/A N/A
Selenium N/A N/A
Vitamins
Carotenebeta N/A
Carotenealpha N/A
VitaminE N/A N/A
VitaminD N/A N/A
Lycopene N/A
Luteinzeaxanthin N/A
Thiamin 0.6mg 40%
Riboflavin 0.3mg 18%
Niacin 9mg 47%
VitaminB6 0.3mg 15%
Folate N/A N/A
VitaminB12 N/A N/A
Choline N/A
VitaminK 47mcg 59%