Ok, so maybe I’m not that smart. I should have occured to me that a sandwich with chicken and bacon and cheese wouldn’t be healthy. But it was from Panera Bread. That’s no fast food joint dishin’ out triple Whoppers and supersizin’ french fries and selling soda pop in cups the size of gallon paint cans.
It’s Panera, it’s hip, it’s clean, it’s modern. It bespeaks a lifestyle, doesn’t it? Somewhere in all that, doesn’t the Panera brand at least imply “healthy?”
But sometimes you have to see the cold hard facts. That chicken-bacon-dijon sandwich is packin’ 36 grams of fat, friends. And that puts it squarely in the same league as the super-fat sins on fast food menus. A Big Mac? Try 29 grams of fat. A Wendy’s double, 40 grams. Burger King’s Whopper, 40 grams. A large popcorn chicken from KFC, 40 grams.
The point here is not to whack Panera for selling me something I decided I wanted. That was clearly my choice. It just wasn’t an informed choice. Here I am making my living as a data guy and talking up how you need the data to make smart decision in your life, and I’m clogging my arteries because I didn’t have the data.
Before you order that Triple Whopper with cheese, you might want to know it has 66 grams of fat. You could save a few grams by swinging by Panera instead and ordering the Chipotle Chicken on French Bread with it’s slimming 56 grams of fat.
There are healthier choices on all these menus, but until you check out the data, you may not know which ones they are.