Consumer Reports: Fast-food breakfast egg sandwiches eaten to find the healthiest and tastiest

TAMPA - More fast-food restaurants are offering breakfast options. That's because egg sandwiches are money makers. But beware! Some choices can load you up with a day's worth of fat and sodium.

Consumer Reports just tested 106 fast-food egg sandwiches to see if you can start your morning with a healthy and tasty meal. Unfortunately, very few of sandwiches could be considered good for you.

"As far as nutrition goes, just six out of the 106 sandwiches rated very good," said Erin Gudeux of
Consumer Reports.

So the organization then looked at taste.

Consumer Reports' trained taste testers went undercover to at least three different locations of each chain to try seven of the more nutritious sandwiches.

Starbucks Turkey Bacon and White Cheddar Classic Breakfast Sandwich was just so-so.

"I found the egg a little low flavor, and the bacon is salty and smoky. I'm not getting, really, any meat flavor," said tester Maxin Siegel.

Dunkin' Donuts Egg White Turkey Sausage Wake-Up Wrap proved equally marginal. Testers said it very small and had eggs that were not flavorful.

So what breakfast egg sandwich was rated the best? Subway's Egg White and Cheese on Flatbread.

Consumer Reports rated it very good for taste. Testers found the egg whites flavorful and the toasted flatbread tender.

However, there was one important thing the testers discovered.

"With all the sandwiches, the quality varied from location to location," said Gudeux.

Consumer Reports says there are a couple of things you can do to make a fast-food breakfast sandwich more nutritious. Whenever you can, substitute egg whites for whole eggs, or leave off the cheese of meat.

Also, if the sandwiches come in different sizes, Consumer Reports says to choose the smaller one. That will help lower the amount of calories, fat and sodium you ingest.

This report is based on an article in the June 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine . It will be on newsstands beginning May 8.

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