Is Wendy's Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad, Half Size healthy?


By: Wendy's

47
CQ SCORE

240
CALORIES PER SERVING

72
INGREDIENTS

SALT

HIGH

SAT FAT

MED

SUGAR

LOW

FIBER

HIGH

Macro Nutrient Breakdown

  • Carbs 35.3
  • Fat 32.5
  • Protein 32.1

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

+ Carbohydrate to Fiber Ratio Under 5:1 - lower rate is an effective measure of healthfulness

- 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?

23.5/35

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Fat Ratio: 32.5%
Fat Quality: 54.1 / 100.0
Carb Ratio: 35.3%
Carb Quality: 83.0 / 100.0
Protein Ratio: 32.1%
Protein Quality: 62.5 / 100.0
Refined Carb Ingredients - 5
Whole Carb Ingredients - 8

Micronutrient Score

Is this food nutritiously dense?

23.6/45.0

SCORE BREAKDOWN

Product Nutrient Density score: 8.8/10.0
Comparable Product: TACO BELL, Taco Salad
Comparable Product Nutrient Density score: 8.9/20.0
Plant score: 9.4/15.0
Sodium & Added Sugar Detractor: - 3.5

Ingredient Score

Is this food minimally processed?

0.0/20

SCORE BREAKDOWN

23 Processed Ingredients
49 Other Ingredients
3 Sugar / Equivalent Ingredients

72

INGREDIENTS

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Iceberg Lettuce

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DESCRIPTION

Garbanzo Beans

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Whole Grain

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Garbanzo Beans description to be updated

Red Bell Peppers

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

Red Bell Peppers description to be updated

White Beans

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

White Beans description to be updated

Brown Rice

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

unpolished rice with only the husk of the grain removed.

Red Quinoa

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Red Quinoa description to be updated

Yellow Bell Peppers

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DESCRIPTION

Yellow Bell Peppers description to be updated

White Quinoa

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

a plant of the goosefoot family found in the Andes, where it was widely cultivated for its edible starchy seeds prior to the introduction of Old World grains. White quinoa has no nutritional difference compared to red quinoa.

Red Onions

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DESCRIPTION

Sundried Tomato

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For Color Retention

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Balsamic Vinegar

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DESCRIPTION

dark, sweet Italian vinegar that has been matured in wooden barrels.

Spices

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DESCRIPTION

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

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Olive oil is the processed fat obtained from the fruit of the olive tree. Olive oil is high in good monounsaturated fats and is among the highest of all foods in caloric density.

Dehydrated Garlic

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DESCRIPTION

a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavouring in cooking and in herbal medicine:

Dehydrated Onion

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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.

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.

Sugar P RG S

Sugar

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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.

Xanthan Gum

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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.

Grape Tomatoes

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Red & Green Romaine

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Red & Green Oak

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Red & Green Leaf

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Lolla Rosa

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Tango

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Spinach

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Processed
Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

Spinach is a leafy green vegetable rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, and potassium. In addition, spinach is antioxidant packed and contains a wide variety of other health-supportive nutrients that help strengthen bones and prevent cancers.

Mizuna

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Arugula

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Tatsoi

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Red Chard

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Green Chard

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Romaine Lettuce

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Pasteurized Milk

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DESCRIPTION

Pasteurized Milk description to be updated

Cheese Culture

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

dairy

Enzymes

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

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

Potato Starch Added To Prevent Caking

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DESCRIPTION

Onion

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

a swollen edible bulb used as a vegetable, having a pungent taste and smell and composed of several concentric layers:

Chicken Breast

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Water

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DESCRIPTION

The human body requires between one and seven liters of water daily to prevent dehydration.

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.

Corn Maltodextrin

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Maltodextrin is a high glycemic index processed food additive produced from starch by partial hydrolysis and is usually found as a white hygroscopic spray-dried powder. It is used in food manufacturing as an inexpensive thickener.

Dextrose P RG S

Dextrose

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Processed
Refined Grain
Added Sugar

DESCRIPTION

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

Dehydrated Garlic Powder

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DESCRIPTION

Dehydrated Onion Powder

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DESCRIPTION

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.

Gum Arabic

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

a gum exuded by some kinds of acacia, used in the food industry and in glue and incense.

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.

Canola Oil

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Canola oil is produced from the rapeseed plant, the third-largest source of vegetable oil in the world. The "Can" part stands for Canada and "ola" refers to oil. Canola oil is low in saturated fat and contains both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in a ratio of ~2:1 as well as monounsaturated fat.

Sodium Citrate

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Sodium Citrate is used as a food additive known for its sour, salty taste (it actually gives club soda that sour and salty flavor). As a food additive, it is usually used as a flavor or a preservative. In, milk products (cheese, cream, ice cream, processed cheese) it acts to allow water and oil to mix together

Potato Starch

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Processed
Refined Grain

DESCRIPTION

Potato starch is starch extracted from potatoes and is not whole grain. The cells of the root tubers of the potato plant contain starch grains. To extract the starch, the potatoes are crushed; the starch grains are released from the destroyed cells.

Carrageenan

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

Derived from a red seaweed by heating and converting into a gel. Used to thicken and stabilize processed foods. Also used as an emulsifier in certain products.

Soy Lecithin Grilled

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Homestyle

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Spicy Chicken Breasts Are Cut On A Common Cutting Board

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Great Northern Beans

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Tahini Paste

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Citric Acid

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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.

Garlic

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

a strong-smelling pungent-tasting bulb, used as a flavouring in cooking and in herbal medicine:

Red Chili Pepper

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DESCRIPTION

Lime Juice Concentrate

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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.

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.

Sesame Seeds

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Whole Grain

DESCRIPTION

Sesame is a flowering plant in the genus Sesamum. Sesame seed is one of the oldest oilseed crops known, domesticated well over 3000 years ago.

Corn Syrup

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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.

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.

Distilled Vinegar

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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.

Shallots

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Shallots description to be updated

Including Dehydrated

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Soybeans

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DESCRIPTION

Glycine max, commonly known as soybean in North America or soya bean, is a species of legume native to East Asia, widely grown for its edible bean which has numerous uses.

Alcohol

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Sea Salt

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Processed

DESCRIPTION

salt produced by the evaporation of seawater.

Spice

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DESCRIPTION

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

Oleoresin Rosemary

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Nutrition Label
Amt per Serving Daily Value1

Calories

240Kcal

12%

Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2.5g 12%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 50mg 16%
Sodium 520mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 5.0g 20%
Sugars 10g
Estimated Added Sugars 2g 6%
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 750mcg 50%
Vitamin C 30.0mg 50%
Calcium 80mg 8%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
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
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Micronutrient Profile of Comparable Product
Product: TACO BELL, Taco Salad - 533g - 906Kcal
Amt per Serving Daily Value1
Minerals
Magnesium 144mg 36%
Potassium 1221mg 17%
Phosphorus 549mg 55%
Zinc 6mg 41%
Copper N/A N/A
Selenium N/A N/A
Vitamins
Carotenebeta N/A
Carotenealpha N/A
VitaminE 3mg 19%
VitaminD N/A N/A
Lycopene N/A
Luteinzeaxanthin N/A
Thiamin 0.8mg 53%
Riboflavin 0.6mg 35%
Niacin 8mg 40%
VitaminB6 0.5mg 25%
Folate N/A N/A
VitaminB12 2mcg 35%
Choline N/A
VitaminK 57mcg 71%