Southern style fast food chain Chick-fil-A is the newest road-side eatery to introduce a breakfast menu and, surprisingly, it's, well, sort of healthy. Although the popular restaurant exists in 39 U.S. states, the breakfast will only be available in select venues located in Middle Georgia; Inland Empire, Calif.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Memphis, Tenn.
It wasn’t too long ago that McDonald's had the fast food breakfast menu monopoly, with their widely loved Egg McMuffin and hash browns. Slowly, other fast food restaurants, hoping to cash in on the untapped mealtime, have introduced their own morning treats, such as Taco Bell’s less-than-appetizing Waffle Taco and Burger King’s extremely uninventive “breakfast” burger. But as far as chain restaurants go, Chick-fil-A really doesn’t seem too bad.
The menu’s six breakfast items include: Cinnamon Swirls, Egg White Chicken Grill, Multigrain Oatmeal with Fresh Fruit, Greek Yogurt Parfait, Maple Waffle, and of course, the signature Boneless Chicken Breast served alongside a waffle. The most “unhealthy” item on the menu, the Chicken & Waffle, still manages to contain less than 500 calories, and like every item on the menu, has absolutely no trans-fat.
Perhaps the only negative comment that can be made about Chick-fil-A’s breakfast menu is that the chicken in the Egg White Chicken Grill and the signature Chicken & Waffle contain the controversial monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG. The flavor additive has long been linked to “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome,” a condition characterized by headache, nausea, and heart palpitations.
However, to this day, there have been no scientific studies to prove the legitimacy of this condition, leading researchers to conclude that a small amount of individuals may experience unpleasant side effects after consuming the additive, but “only if they consume large amounts of MSG on an empty stomach,” Medical Daily reported. So really, it’s up to you if you want to chance Chick-fil-A’s Chicken & Waffle giving you a headache, but if you’re not much of a gambler, the eatery has plenty of non-MSG-containing options to satisfy even the most fickle eater.