White Castle is a fast-food chain that has been in operation since 1921. According to White Castle, the chain was the first to sell 1 billion burgers. White Castle is known for its small burgers, which can be high in calories if you consume several during one sitting. Like regular hamburgers, White Castle hamburgers are made with ground beef, which is rich in fat, protein and calories.
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One White Castle hamburger contains 140 calories. This amount is 7 percent of the daily recommended intake of 2,000 calories. White Castle hamburgers are also sold in "Crave Cases," which contain 30 sliders; each Crave Case contains 4200 calories, more than double the daily suggested intake. The Mayo Clinic's calorie expenditure data indicates that you could burn off the 140 calories in this burger through less than 60 minutes of walking at a 2 mph pace.
Despite being relatively low in calories, White Castle hamburgers are high in fat, with 7 g per burger. Of this fat, 3 g comes from saturated fat, while .5 g comes from trans fats. The American Heart Association recommends limiting intake of saturated and trans fats, as they can have negative effects on your cholesterol levels. The association suggests consuming 25 to 35 percent of your calories from total fat, less than 7 percent of calories from saturated fats and less than 1 percent from trans fats.
White Castle hamburgers are low in carbohydrates, with just 11 g of carbohydrate per burger. Each burger provides 2 g of fiber, a nutrient that helps promote feelings of fullness. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies suggests consuming at least 130 g of carbohydrates per day. The board recommends consuming 25 g of fiber each day if you are female, and 38 g of fiber each day if you are male.
White Castle hamburgers are small, so they do not provide very much protein. Each White Castle hamburger contains 6 g of protein. This is the same amount of protein provided by one egg. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, consuming 20 to 25 percent of your total calories from protein may be beneficial for proper health.
Vitamin and Mineral Content
White Castle hamburgers are not rich in vitamins and minerals, but they do provide small amounts of certain nutrients. Each White Castle hamburger provides 4 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron, and 2 percent of the daily recommended intake of calcium.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- White Castle: Company
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in White Castle Hamburger
- Mayo Clinic: Exercise For Weight Loss: Calories Burned in 1 Hour
- American Heart Association: Knowing Your Fats
- LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate: Calories in Egg
- National Academies Press: Food and Nutrition Board: Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids (Macronutrients)
- Harvard School of Public Health: The Nutrition Source: Protein
- White Castle: Menu