Is Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Sandwich healthy?


By: Chick-Fil-A

35
CQ SCORE

500
CALORIES PER SERVING

77
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

LOW

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

LOW

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 41.7
  • Fat 35.4
  • Protein 22.8

- 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?

21.2/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 35.4%
Fat Quality: 64.1 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 41.7%
Carb Quality: 42.2 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 22.8%
Protein Quality: 88.0 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 13
Whole Carb Ingredients - 2

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

13.3/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 4.8/10.0
Comparable Product: BURGER KING, Original Chicken Sandwich
Comparable Product Nutrient Density score: 8.6/20.0
Plant score: 3.7/15.0
Sodium & Added Sugar Detractor: - 3.8

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

37 Processed Ingredients
40 Other Ingredients
6 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

77

INGREDIENTS

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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.

Monosodium Glutamate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

MSG is used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer with an umami taste that intensifies the meaty, savory flavor of food, as naturally occurring glutamate does in foods such as stews and meat soups.

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.

Spices

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

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

Paprika

FUNCTIONS

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.

Autolyzed Yeast

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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).

Maltodextrin

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

Spice

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DESCRIPTION

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

Natural Flavor

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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.

Chicken Fat

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Chicken fat is fat obtained from chicken rendering and processing. Of animal-sourced substances, chicken fat is noted for being high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. Linoleic acid levels are between 17.9% and 22.8%.

Garlic Powder

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

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

Sugar Cane Syrup

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Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Onion Powder

FUNCTIONS

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.

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.

Sodium Diacetate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Sodium Diacetate is a food processing agent used as an additive to impart a salt and vinegar flavor.

Tomato Powder

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DESCRIPTION

Tomato Powder is made from dehydrated tomatoes ground into powder.

Anticaking Agent

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DESCRIPTION

Color

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Color description to be deleted

Citric Acid

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

a sharp-tasting crystalline acid present in the juice of lemons and other sour fruits. It is made commercially by the fermentation of sugar and used as a flavouring and setting agent.

Smoke Flavor

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Smoke Flavor description to be updated

Caramel Color

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Controversial

DESCRIPTION

Caramel color or caramel coloring is a water-soluble food coloring and one of the most widely used food colorings. It is widely approved for use in food globally but application and use level restrictions vary by country. California has listed a compound formed in the manufacture of Class III and IV caramel colors in the state's Proposition 65, thus legally including it in the category of chemicals "known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity".

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.

Iron

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Iron is a nutrient required by the human body and is often added to foods such as enriched flour and breakfast cereals.

Thiamine Mononitrate

FUNCTIONS

Added Vitamin

DESCRIPTION

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

Riboflavin

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

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

Folic Acid

FUNCTIONS

Added Vitamin

DESCRIPTION

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

Nonfat Milk

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Cow's milk consists primarily of protein, fat, and lactose (a sugar). Skim milk is made when all the cream (also called milkfat) is removed from whole milk.

Baking Soda

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

sodium bicarbonate used in cooking, for cleaning, or in toothpaste.

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

This white, odorless powder that does not dissolve in water is generally found in baking powder and is used as a leavening agent.

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.

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.

Egg

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Chicken eggs are widely used in many types of dishes, both sweet and savory, including many baked goods. Some of the most common preparation methods include scrambled, fried, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, omelettes and pickled.

Fully Refined Peanut Oil With Tbhq

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DESCRIPTION

Egg Yolk

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

The chicken egg yolk is the major source of vitamins and minerals as well as cholesterol and saturated fat in eggs.

Distilled Vinegar

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5–20% acetic acid, water, and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed to convert some of the syrup's naturally occurring glucose into fructose. Health concerns have been raised about a relationship between sugars like HFCS and metabolic disorders. HFCS also contains components that can create advanced glycation end-products, the possible health effects of which were under investigation as of 2013.

Calcium Disodium Edta To Protect Flavor

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DESCRIPTION

Diced Cooked Eggs

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DESCRIPTION

Celery

FUNCTIONS

Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

a cultivated plant of the parsley family, with closely packed succulent leaf stalks which are used as a salad or cooked vegetable.

Cucumbers

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Corn Syrup

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

Corn syrup is a food syrup which is made from the starch of maize. It is used in foods to soften texture, add volume, prevent crystallization of sugar, and enhance flavor. High-fructose corn syrup is manufactured from corn syrup by converting a large proportion of its glucose into fructose.

Vinegar

FUNCTIONS

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.

Xanthan Gum

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

Produced by fermentation of a carbohydrate. Derived from a variety of sources including corn and wheat. Used to thicken and stabilize a variety of foods. Even in small amounts, can greatly increase viscosity of liquid.

Mustard Seed

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

The seed of a mustard plant.

Calcium Chloride

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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:

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.

Polysorbate 80

FUNCTIONS

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.

Dehydrated Red Bell Pepper

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Turmeric

FUNCTIONS

Processed

DESCRIPTION

a bright yellow aromatic powder obtained from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family, used for flavouring and colouring in Asian cooking and formerly as a fabric dye.

Wheat Flour

FUNCTIONS

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.

Reduced Iron

FUNCTIONS

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.

Bulgar Wheat

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Whole Wheat Flour

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Whole 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.

Wheat Bran

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

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

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.

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.

Wheat Gluten

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

On its own it is a very thick gelatinous substance that is extracted by making a wheat dough and washing away all the starch. It contributes to the structure and chewiness of bread. During baking of leavened breads it is the gluten network that traps carbon dioxide molecules causing it to rise. It is frequently added as a stabilizing agent in many foods.

Contains 2% Of Less Of The Following: Soybean Oil

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DESCRIPTION

Raisin Juice Concentrate

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Fruit juice concentrates are processed products that have removed natural water, fiber and phytonutrient content found in fruit. Concentrates are much more concentrated sources of simple sugar and are much less nutritiously dense than fruits.

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.

Contains One Or More Of The Following: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium Stearoyl-Lactylate

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Soy Lecithin

FUNCTIONS

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.

To Preserve Freshness

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DESCRIPTION

To Preserve Freshness description to be deleted

Topped With Rolled Oats

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DESCRIPTION

Green Leaf Lettuce

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DESCRIPTION

Nutrition Label
Amt per Serving Daily Value1

Calories

500Kcal

25%

Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 3.5g 17%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 1120mg 74%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4.0g 16%
Sugars 13g
Estimated Added Sugars 5g 16%
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 450mcg 30%
Vitamin C 3.6mg 6%
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%