Next Wednesday, April 8th, you can bring a friend with you to Denny’s and be the ultimate enabler by encouraging them to eat (for free) Denny’s new Grand Slamwich, when you purchase your own Original Grand Slam breakfast.

According to an article on AdAge.com, Denny’s is planning its second food giveaway this year, on account of how successful the first one was. I haven’t eaten in a Denny’s for several years, so I thought I would take a look at where they stood nutritionally with these breakfast options.

It’s probably a no-brainer that a breakfast that includes: two pancakes, two eggs, two sausage links and two pieces of bacon (a $5.99 value) is probably going to be on the higher side in terms of calories and fat.

And indeed it is. The original Grand Slam packs 770 calories, 44 g of fat (13 of which are saturated), 510 mg cholesterol, 2530 mg sodium, 56 g carbohydrates, and 34 g protein. On all accounts this is a decadent breakfast, ~ 2/3 the daily fat recommendation, almost twice as much of the daily recommended cholesterol intake and more than a days worth of sodium. At least the tap water is free, because you will need it after this breakfast.

The Grand Slamwich is a little harder to pin down in terms of nutrtion, presumably on account of its limited release so far. But, it consists of  one scrambled egg, sausage, crispy bacon, shaved ham (the holy trinity of pork products), mayonnaise and American cheese on potato bread grilled with a maple spice spread (a $4.99 value). According to thedailyplate.com, the sandwich contains 1320 calories, 89 g fat, 72 g carbohydrates. Unfortunately, the information is incomplete, but, I think its safe to say that it will be comparable to the Grand Slam, if not a bit worse on account of the addition of ham, mayonnaise, cheese and maple spice watchamacallit. As soon as I can get my hands on the actual numbers, I will update this post.

All that being said, in this economy, I can understand people taking advantage of promotions like this. A free breakfast is great! I just think it would be a worthwhile endeavor to offer a healthier option along with the less healthy one, for instance why not offer the Slim Slam breakfast for those who may be making an effort to lose or maintain their weight, or who have hypertension or high cholesterol?

Obviously, this is a “promotion” and the point is to promote the new sandwich, and increase Denny’s value in the “on the go” breakfast segment, but, when you opt for this free breakfast, what price do you ultimately pay with your health?

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