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 (aka sliders), which can be high in calories if you consume several during one sitting.
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Like regular hamburgers, White Castle hamburgers are made with ground beef, which is high in fat, protein and calories.
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 a "Crave Clutch," which contain 20 sliders; each Crave Clutch contains 2,800 calories, more than the daily suggested intake.
Despite being relatively low in calories, White Castle hamburgers are high in fat, with 7 grams per burger. Of this fat, 2.5 grams comes from saturated fat, but there's no 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.
White Castle contain 16 grams of carbohydrates per burger. Each burger provides 1 gram of fiber, a nutrient that helps promote feelings of fullness. The Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies suggests consuming at least 130 grams of carbohydrates and between 25 and 38 grams of fiber each day.
White Castle hamburgers are small, so they do not provide very much protein. Each White Castle hamburger contains 6 grams of protein, the same amount of protein in 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 optimal health.
Vitamins and Minerals
White Castle hamburgers aren't 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.
- White Castle: 'Nutrition Information'
- American Heart Association: 'The Skinny on Fats'
- 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'