Burger King is a fast-food hamburger restaurant chain that also has a breakfast menu. It has salads, chicken sandwiches and hamburgers. It also has a veggie burger as a vegetarian option. While it is slightly higher in calories than a plain hamburger, Burger King’s veggie burger is lower in cholesterol and saturated and trans fats than beef hamburgers.
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Calories and Fat
The veggie burger from Burger King comes with a sesame bun, veggie patty, lettuce and tomatoes, ketchup and mayonnaise and has 410 calories. A key recommendation in the 2005 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines is to get about 20 to 35 percent of total calories from fat; the veggie burger has about 35 percent of its calories from fat. Of the 16 g fat, 2.5 g are saturated. Saturated fat increases LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and may increase the risk for heart disease. The burger has no trans fat.
Grains and Fiber
Whole grains are natural sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. People who eat more whole grains may be able to manage their weight better and have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease. You should try to get at least half of your grain servings from whole grains in order to comply with the Dietary Guidelines. Burger King claims that its veggie burger has whole grains and that the burger provides 7 g dietary fiber.
According to the Dietary Guidelines, too much dietary sodium can raise blood pressure and increase the risk for stroke, congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Major food sources of sodium are sodium chloride such as that in table salt and processed and fast foods. The daily value for sodium is 2,300 mg, but people with hypertension should stay under 1,500 mg per day. Burger King’s veggie burger has 1,030 mg sodium, or 45 percent of the daily value.
Morningstar Farms makes the veggie patty in Burger King’s veggie burger. The main ingredient is a vegetable mix with mushrooms, water chestnuts, onions, carrots and other vegetables. The next ingredient is textured vegetable protein. The patty is free from meat but it contains egg whites, so it is not vegan. BK.com states that during the cooking process, the patty remains vegetarian because it does not come into contact with surfaces that have touched meat or poultry products.
You can change the nutritional content of your veggie burger by making special requests with your order. If you skip the mayonnaise, you will save 90 calories and 9 g fat. Ordering the regular veggie burger and adding cheese will increase the numbers by 40 calories, 4 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat and over 200 mg sodium. The sides and drinks count, too. A small order of fries has 310 calories and 17 g fat, and a 16-oz. soft drink has 140 calories and 39 g sugar.