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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What's In Your Omelet

Eating out and making the right choices on a low carb diet can be tough. But what about when you  know the choices, and resist the obvious high sugar/carb options? My sister recently pointed out that IHOP adds pancake batter to their omelets. That's right - they add wheat, carbs and sugar to their eggs for the omelet base. If you read the menu clearly it says:

"Made with a splash of our famous buttermilk and wheat pancake batter for extra fluffiness".

That means for a plain omelet, just eggs folded over one would think you, get 10 grams carbohydrates and 3 grams sugar. And that is before you ADD anything to your omelet. See below for details.

I remember having this problem at McDonalds on vacation and ordering an Iced Coffee, just wanting Coffee, cream and ice... it ended up having 45 grams of sugar. And NO it was not a Vanilla Latte or made with ice cream. It is some premade mixed drink actually, not brewed coffee at all. I returned it and ask for "a cup of actual coffee" and added half and half to it.



Always, no matter what, it is a good idea to ask for the nutritional information at a restaurant. Or be proactive and look it up online before you go. I've been shocked more than a few times when I check afterwards and that my simple salad was loaded with sugar.  For IHOP's full nutritional chart, click HERE and for McDonald's click HERE

Leave a comment if you've ever ordered food that you just knew was the right choice, but later discovered it was woefully NOT low carb/sugar. Sometimes you think you know the right choices, but it seems they change the game on you. 

21 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! Thanks for sharing that. I had no idea IHOP put pancake batter in their omelets. I now know to never eat omelets there. It's so frustrating that restaurants make something that should be straight forward so complicated.

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  2. Oh Geeze - see that's why I like to just eat at home for breakfast. Good catch. :-)

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  3. My mom treated me to lunch on the weekend at a new local "raw" restaurant. Almost everything on the menu had agave in it. I couldn't believe it ... haven't they read the news about agave and fructose?? I ended up ordering a fresh juice (celery, cucumber, green apple and ginger) and a salad. Found out after I started eating that the refried beans tasted sweet, when I enquired they said they were not beans at all but a mixture they created with different veggies and dates ... seriously?? dates?? oh well, at least it was natural sugar :) I only ate a little and pushed the rest aside. Sadly, even eating raw was hard to avoid added sugars. I’m with Rosalie, I feel safest eating at home so I know exactly what’s in what I’m eating.

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  4. OMG that is nuts! WHY WHY WHY would they do that? It even sounds gross. Thanks for the info Amber.

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  5. That happened to me at Chipotle. Thought mt chicken salad was a good choice only to find out their hot sauce had a bunch of sugar in it. Grrrr

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  6. At McDonalds you have to tell them "no liquid sugar". Only then will you get coffee, cream and ice ONLY. I have the McD's by my office trained.

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  7. crazy, crazy! It definitely pays to do your research! I had no idea that a restaurant would add pancake mix to an omelet to make it fluffier. That sounds horrible! I was amazed when i discovered MCD's iced coffee was filled with sugar, too. I just order regular coffee and put it over ice when I get coffee, just to make sure. Every time. Have a great day!

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  8. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks

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  9. I know... It's totally shocking! I mean, trying to eat low-carb, I usually always go for the omelette when we eat breakfast out.

    Funny story about IHOP.....My parents always take us there when they visit. A few months ago I happened to see that comment on the menu about the pancake batter in the omelette mix. So I addressed it with the waitress and she said that I could order any of the omelettes listed but to order the batter as just an "egg omelette". Uhm... I thought that's what I was ordering. She said just to be very specific(that I didn't want the pancake batter added) so they wouldn't give me Egg Beaters instead. WOW!! I was mentally exhausted after this conversation and all I wanted to do was order an omelette!

    They're making this complicated. I have gotten better at looking at the menus before I go to restaurants so I am prepared... On a totally different note, if you're watching transfat at all you'd be shocked to see which menu items have that in it. Thanks for the post Amber!

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  10. Another trick would be to carry Starbuck's Vias in your purse, the plain not the the flavored as they are full of sugar, and ask for a large glass of ice water. Add the Via and cream..voila!...iced coffee. :)

    Kim

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  11. I can't even imagine how that would taste? Weird!!! We aren't I HOP fans so I guess that is a good thing. It shows there is sugar-sugar everywhere! I have so many friends that say that they don't eat sugar, they don't even realize how it is in EVERYTHING:)
    You are great Amber, thank you!!!

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    1. That is SOOO true!! (comment about your friends) I tried to explain to a friend once how much sugar was in the milk used to make her SB coffee drink and she looked at me like I had 2 heads ... lol.

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  12. Just because they're a pancake house doesn't mean they should include the batter in the other items. I'm glad I've only ordered steak & eggs from there. I think I'll be skipping IHOP.
    I've made it a habit of picking up the nutritional guides at most of my restaurants. I take the time to review them before ordering instead of during my meal(I found this out the hard way.)
    Thanks for the tip.

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  13. IHOP will make your omelets without the batter if you ask. They call it making it with "real eggs." Too funny!

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  14. I happen to enjoy the bacon omelet at IHOP, glad this was discussed so I can now request they do not add the pancake batter to it :)

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  15. Wow...I didn't know. Thanks for the udate!

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  16. At least when I cook at home I know what's in it. I have never heard of putting pancake batter in an omelet.

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  17. yep been there done that! Hubby and I went to the Huddle House with plans on getting us a steak and some eggs not even an omelet, just eggs. I asked for hard fried scrambled and hubby asked for sunny side up. We're going Wheat Belly which is low carbs no wheat/grains no sugar etc. We got wheated as we call it and was sick as dogs! Don't know IF they do the same thing as IHop or not but if they don't it came from the grill where they cook EVERYTHING you ask for, and was contaminated with wheat etc. We got so sick we haven't been back. Someone said just make sure you ask for REAL EGGS with nothing added to them but after that we just haven't wanted to go back.

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  18. All u ppl r retarted for not reading the menu at ihop, as for otger places do ur homework if u r really that concerned. Y are ppl so naive that america as a whole uses pre-processed foods or a ton of calories/fat/carbs...

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    1. Thanks for your insightful comment Anonymous. Silly us to assume that an omelet was made from eggs and veggies. OBVIOUSLY it would also include pancake batter. The lesson of this post is to read the menu and ask for the nutrition values, even with obvious meals.

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