The first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened in 1969 in Lebanon, Tennessee, and it served "quality food at good prices," according to the Cracker Barrel website. The original Cracker Barrel Store gained popularity, with 19 stores opened by 1977. Today, there are more than 550 stores in 42 states, serving familiar comfort food favorites. The breakfast pancakes are light and fluffy and served with a number of toppings. Knowing the nutrition information of Cracker Barrel pancakes can help you balance your calorie intake for weight control.
Calories are a measurement of how much energy a particular food provides. They are not bad for you, but to maintain a healthy weight, you do need to balance the calories you take in with the calories you burn. Knowing the calorie content of your favorite food items, such as Cracker Barrel pancakes, can help you balance your intake. One plain pancake — without syrup, toppings, fillings butter or margarine — contains 110 calories.
When tracking your calorie intake, it is also important to pay attention to how much you eat. If you eat more than one pancake, you need to adjust your calorie intake.
One Cracker Barrel pancake contains 3 g of total fat, 1 g of saturated fat, 0 g of trans fat and 30 mg of cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends you limit your daily fat intake to 25 to 35 percent of calories, saturated fat to less than 7 percent of calories and trans fat to less than 1 percent of calories.
One Cracker Barrel pancake contains 17 g of carbohydrate and 1 g of fiber. Your body breaks down the carbohydrates you eat into glucose to serve as fuel for your cells, muscles and brain. Whole grains are your best source of carbohydrates because they facilitate steadier release of glucose and also contain fiber, says the Harvard School of Public Health.
One Cracker Barrel pancake contains 3 g of protein. Proteins in food help to buildup, maintain and replace the proteins found in your cells, muscles and organs. The protein in the pancakes is considered an incomplete protein because it does not contain all of the essential amino acids. If you eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods, you will more than likely meet all of your protein needs each day, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Pancakes are high in sodium. One Cracker Barrel pancakes contains 450 mg of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends you limit your daily sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day to reduce your risk of high blood pressure. Eating one pancake meets 30 percent of your daily sodium needs.