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What’s in Panera’s Cherry Vanilla Bagel?

In this series, “Eating out: What’s in it?” we will be going over how you can figure out for yourself if something is unhealthy. Today we are taking a trip to Panera Bread.

 

 

 

1. Check the menu

In more and more urban and developed cities, some nutrition information is being publicly displayed on the menu. Look for numbers or symbols next to the menu item.

Examples:

  • “S/M 270/570 cal”     — this could be found right after a salad, indicating that the small bowl is 270 calories, while a medium is 570.
  • “SF,” “EF,” or “GF”     — could all be common allergy indicators / show dietary preferences (soy free, egg free, gluten free)
  • “low sod”     — your food or drink has a low amount of sodium per serving

These indicators are convenient and effective ways of narrowing down choices.

 

 

 

2. Go online

If you are eating at a chain restaurant, you can almost guarantee they will have the nutritional info on their websites. Some even have ingredients, and most include a common allergen guide.

In this case we have an extensive amount of information online for all of Panera Bread’s products.

 

  1. Go to their website
  2. On the main menu hover over “Menu Items” and select Bagels & Spreads
  3. Find and click on “Cherry Vanilla Bagel.” Here you will find the nutrition details and ingredients.

 

 

 

Summaries- Nutrition (per bagel):

  • 390 calories

For a bagel, this is probably medium or low calorieA unit commonly used to measure the amount of energy that is... More, but it depends on the person and context.

 

 

  • 5 grams of fat, 3 of which are saturated, 0 grams trans fat

Bread is mostly carbs, but the higher calorie desserts have more fat. Thankfully no trans fat here.

 

 

  • 0mg of cholesterol, and 350mg of sodium

This does have some sodium in it, which is good to know if trying to avoid salt.

No cholesterol. This can pop up in bread products.

 

 

  • 74g of carbs, 3 of which is fiber, and 26 of which is sugar (the remaining is starch)

Not a great sugar to fiber ratio in my opinion.

See also: How to Understand and Apply the Nutrition Facts

 

 

  • 10g protein

More protein than most cupcakes, doughnuts, or bread products, but still not a whole lot.

 

 

  • Lastly, 0% of the DV for Vitamin A, 15% of your daily Vitamin C, 6% for Calcium, and 20% of your Iron

An OK source of iron.

 

 

  • 0mg of Caffeine

Oh man!

 

 

Our approximate macro breakdown (calculated by calories, not grams): 12% fat, 78% carbs, 10% protein.

See also: How are Nutrients and Calories Rounded?

 

 

 

Summaries- Ingredients:

 

Our ingredients (to avoid confusion, I indented ingredients that composed other ingredients, and unique ingredients are red [vocab word] or blue):

 

  1. Enriched Flour
    1. Wheat Flour
    2. Malted Barley Flour
    3. Niacin
    4. Reduced Iron"[Iron] prepared by reacting ground ferric oxide with hydrog... More
    5. Thiamine Mononitrate
    6. Riboflavin
    7. Folic Acid 
  2. Water
  3. Cherry Flavored Confectionery Drop
    1. Sugar
    2. Palm Kernel Oil
    3. Nonfat Milk Powder
    4. Whole Milk Powder
    5. Whey Powder
    6. Palm Oil
    7. NaturalThis term, to be honest, does not mean much. It simply means... More Flavor
    8. Soy Lecithin"Food grade lecithin is a complex mixture of substances deri... More [Emulsifier]
    9. Tart Cherry Powder
  4. Cherry Flavor Infused Cranberries
    1. Cranberries
    2. Sugar
    3. Cherry Juice Concentrate
    4. Citric Acid
    5. Natural Cherry Flavor With Other Natural Flavors
    6. Elderberry Juice Concentrate
    7. Sunflower Oil
  5. Sweetened Dried Cherries
    1. Dried Red Tart Cherries
    2. Sugar
    3. Rice Flour
    4. Sunflower Oil
  6. Brown Sugar
  7. Honey
  8. Natural Vanilla Flavor
  9. Yeast
    1. Yeast
    2. Sorbitan Monostearate"A mixture of partial stearic and palmitic acid esters of s... More
    3. Ascorbic AcidAnother name for vitamin c.
  10. Salt
  11. Palm Oil Shortening
  12. Dough Improver
    1. Malted Wheat Flour
    2. Wheat Flour
    3. Inactivated Yeast
    4. Acerola Extract
    5. Fungal Enzymes

Contains milk, soy, and wheat.

 

 

 

Breakdown:

 

Nutrition

  • Not outstanding in the micronutrient department, from what we can see at least.
  • No trans fats.
  • The macros are mostly carbs.
  • Some fiber, but not enough protein in my opinion (although there is a good amount of protein as far bread products are concerned).
  • No cholesterol, some sodium.

Ingredients

  • There are 39 ingredients.
  • The sources of carbs and fat are pretty good, better than most desserts or junk food.
  • There is some flavoring

See also: Get to Know Your Nutrients

 

 

 

Hope this eating out tutorial / walk-through helps! More coming soon.

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

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