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Denny's Free Grand Slam an Unhealthy Choice


Denny’s is expecting to serve 2 million free Grand Slam meals today as promised during its Super Bowl campaign. The free Original Grand Slams can be ordered and consumed on Tuesday from 6 AM to 2 PM, but free in this case also means unhealthy.

Denny’s Original Grand Slam breakfast includes two eggs (your choice of style), two strips of bacon, two link sausages, and two pancakes. Because the chain is offering this breakfast item free, customers cannot make substitutions; that is, you can’t substitute chicken sausage for the regular sausage links and so on. You may, however, want to reconsider ordering the Original Grand Slam once you see what you are really getting.

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Based on the components of the Original Grand Slam and using scrambled eggs as the egg choice, you would be consuming about 862 calories, 50 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, and 505 mg of cholesterol. Based on the basic 2,000 calorie per day intake for adults, the recommended amount of fat should be 65 grams, with 20 grams of those being saturated, and 300 mg of cholesterol. Clearly, eating one of Denny’s Original Grand Slams brings many people close to their entire day’s requirement for fat and saturated fat, and exceeds their cholesterol limits.

For those whose recommended caloric intake is 1,500 per day, eating one of Denny’s Original Grand Slams meets the fat limit of 50 grams, exceeds the saturated fat limit, and greatly exceeds the cholesterol limit. For consumers who like to eat lots of butter and syrup on their pancakes, the calorie and fat counts could rise significantly.

Although the offer of a free breakfast is enticing, it can also be unhealthy. Denny’s does offer some more healthful items on its menu, including yogurt, seasonal fruit, egg whites, wheat pancakes, and English muffins. There is an old adage: you get what you pay for. Free is not always free, especially when it comes to your health. Denny’s free Grand Slam may be free, but healthy it is not.

Denny’s website/nutritional information
Denny’s press release, Jan. 28, 2010



Darn! I was going to get my free birthday grand slam at Denny's today! Now I'll feel guilty, and stay home eating fruit and yogurt to celebrate my 61st!