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Whataburger Free Breakfast: Should You Bite?

Whataburger fast food chain is giving away free "Breakfast on a Bun" sandwiches next week. But what's good for your wallet may not be good for your health.

There are 550 calories in the sausage version of Whataburger's breakfast delight - 360 if you choose bacon.

And get ready for an extra serving of fat - 38 grams to be exact, and 14 of those are saturated. That's around half your recommended daily intake of fat and 70 percent for saturated fat.

Cholesterol? Sure you wanna know? The "Breakfast on a Bun" has a whopping 247 milligrams. That only leaves you with 53 milligrams for lunch and dinner. And unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard about America's salt overconsumption. The FDA says we should consume no more than 2400 milligrams of sodium a day. One of these salty sandwiches will set you back by 1129 milligrams.

But don't blame Whataburger.

Experts say Americans really need to watch their consumption of fast food and processed meats in particular.

"There is a substantial body of evidence indicating that red meat, and processed meats in particular, are associated with heart attack, diabetes and colorectal cancer," said Walter Willett, MD, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Whataburger for breakfast? What-a-mess. But just in case you can't resist, the deal runs June 22 from 7 to 10 am. More at Whataburger.


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