Is Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich healthy?


By: Chick-Fil-A

30
CQ SCORE

440
CALORIES PER SERVING

51
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

MED

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

LOW

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 37.4
  • Fat 37.0
  • Protein 25.6

- 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?

20.6/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 37.0%
Fat Quality: 57.8 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 37.4%
Carb Quality: 36.5 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 25.6%
Protein Quality: 93.3 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 8
Whole Carb Ingredients - 0

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

9.0/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 2.7/10.0
Comparable Product: BURGER KING, Original Chicken Sandwich
Comparable Product Nutrient Density score: 8.6/20.0
Plant score: 3.1/15.0
Sodium & Added Sugar Detractor: - 5.4

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

26 Processed Ingredients
25 Other Ingredients
2 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

51

INGREDIENTS

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Whole Breast Filet

FUNCTIONS

DESCRIPTION

Salt

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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

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DESCRIPTION

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

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.

Malted Barley Flour

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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

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DESCRIPTION

Vitamin B3. Used for colour retention agent.

Iron

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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

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Added Vitamin

DESCRIPTION

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

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.

Nonfat Milk

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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

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate

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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

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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.

Spice

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DESCRIPTION

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

Soybean Oil

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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

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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

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.

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.

Vitamin B1

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DESCRIPTION

Also called Pyridoxine, Vitamin B1 is one of eight B Vitamins and was the first to be discovered. All B vitamins help convert food into fuel to produce energy. An essential vitamin required for the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein. RDI is 1.2 mg/day for adult males and 1.1 mg/day for adult females. Please check USDA Dietary Guidance for intakes for children, pregnant women or for persons with chronic disease.

Vitamin B2

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DESCRIPTION

Also called Riboflavin, Vitamin B2 is one of eight B Vitamins. All B vitamins help convert food into fuel to produce energy. An essential vitamin required for metabolic function and every cell in the body contains a small amount. Necessary for healthy skin, respiration and eyesight as well as helping to build tissues. RDI is 1.3 mg/day for adult males and 1.1 mg/day for adult females. Please check USDA Dietary Guidance for intakes for children, pregnant women or for persons with chronic disease.

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.

Yeast P RG

Yeast

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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.

Contains 2% Or Less Of Each Of The Following: Liquid Yeast

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DESCRIPTION

Wheat Gluten

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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.

Soy Flour

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Soy flour is made by roasting the soybean, removing the coat, and grinding into a flour

May Contain One Or More Of The Following: Mono- And Diglycerides

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium And Sodium Stearoyl Lactylates

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DESCRIPTION

Calcium Peroxide

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DESCRIPTION

Amylase

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

An enzyme found in human saliva as well as made in the pancreas to digest starches. When used as a food additive amylase can be produced from three different sources: bacteria (non-pathogenic strains), fungus, and swine. It is often used to break down starch molecules before yeast is added to aid in the action of the yeast.

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.

Ammonium Sulfate

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

Calcium Propionate Added To Retard Spoilage

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Cornstarch

FUNCTIONS

Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Corn starch is refined (not whole grain) and is obtained from the endosperm of the kernel. Corn starch is a popular food ingredient used in processing.

Palm Kernel Oil

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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.

Artificial Flavor

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

440Kcal

22%

Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4.0g 20%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 1390mg 92%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%
Sugars 5g
Estimated Added Sugars 1g 3%
Protein 28g 56%
Vitamin A 30mcg 2%
Vitamin C 1.2mg 2%
Calcium 100mg 10%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
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%