Wendy’s and Taco Bell are two important brands in the US fast food industry. People in recent times have become more health conscious hence both the fast food chains have added many nourishing options to their menus. Wendy’s and Taco Bell both have their online surveys named, ‘Talktowendys’ and ‘Taco Bell Survey’ respectively.
At Wendy’s calories in breakfast menu range from 620 calories to 160 calories. ‘Sausage Egg Cheese Biscuit’ has the highest amount of calories while Plain Oatmeal has the lowest. While Taco Bell serves ‘Crunchwrap- Sausages’ having the highest calorie count of 700 calories and ‘Hashbrowns’ with a lowest calorie count of 160 calories. They also have caffeinated drinks which range from 10 calories to 25 calories. Wendy’s has three to four options on their breakfast menu which cross the intake limit of 1,500 mg of sodium prescribed by doctors. Taco Bell serves ‘Grande Scrambler Burrito- Steak’ which has the highest level of sodium on their breakfast menu i.e. 1,480 mg which is below the prescribed limit. The amount of fat in breakfast menu ranges from 46 gms to 0gms at both the outlets.
Inside menu, Taco Bell’s ‘Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes’ and ‘Chips and Guacamole’ top the list with 230 calories while ‘Black Beans’ has the lowest calorie count of 80 calories. On the other hand, ‘Chilly Cheese Fries’ lands first place with 500 calories while ‘Apple Bites’ backs the last place with 35 calories at Wendy’s. In sodium contain ‘Pintos ‘n Cheese’ has 680mg and ‘Chilly Cheese Fries’ has 710 mg of sodium at Taco Bell and Wendy’s respectively. The amount of fat inside menu ranges from 14gms to 1.5gms at TacoBell and 28 gms to 0gms at Wendy’s.
Taco Bell provides a wide variety of beverages in with a range of calories between 420 calories to 0 calories. It’s a counterpart, Wendy’s has limited options in the beverage menu and beverages are in the range of 430 calories to 0 calories. This servings of beverages come in small(16 oz), medium(20 oz) and large(30 oz) sizes. These beverages have zero fats and proteins. ‘Tropicana Pink Lemonade’ has the highest level of sodium i.e. 390mg at Taco Bell while ‘Flashing Fruit Punch’ at Wendy’s tops the list with 140mg.
Calories in Value Menu ranges between 350 calories to 10 calories at Taco Bell and 420 calories to 40 calories at Wendy’s. The sodium content ranges from 890 mg to 0mg at Taco Bell and 950 mg to 470 mg at Wendy’s. ‘Grilled Breakfast Burrito Bacon’ at Taco Bell and ‘Chrispy Chicken BLT’ at Wendy’s have the highest amount of sodium content. The range of fat content lies from 18gm to 0gm at Taco Bell and 23gm to 10gm at Wendy’s. There is a considerable difference between the number of calories, sodium content and fat content as Wendy’s has not included drinks and beverages in its Value Menu.
Taco Bell and Wendy’s both have disclosed essential nutritional information regarding each of their servings on their official websites. They have provided customers with food allergen and gluten sensitivity information by displaying amount of eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, nuts, wheat and soybean ingredients present in their dishes on their particular websites and apps to aid customers in making a right choice.
Though the data from official websites leads us to conclude that Taco Bell is better in terms of health and nutrition than Wendy’s, we should not forget that Taco Bell has been sued not serving real meat. The meat served contained salmonella which made 68 people sick and at least 20 were admitted in the hospital.