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Ho-hum. Apparently, that's what many IHOP diners think of the chain's Original French Toast.

After all, its "six fluffy triangle-shaped slices topped with whipped butter and powdered sugar" have a mere 1,120 calories, 13 grams of saturated fat, and 13 teaspoons of added sugar (if you use the usual four tablespoons of syrup).

Maybe that's why the chain came up with CINN-A-STACK French Toast--"A stack of three slices of thick-cut French toast layered with a luscious cinnamon roll filling, then drizzled with rich cream cheese icing and topped with whipped topping."

Now you're talking. What's French toast without filling and icing and whipped cream? With the syrup, the CINN-A-STACK delivers 16 grams of sat fat and the calories (1,340) and added sugar (20 1/2 teaspoons) of 1 1/2 Cinnabon Classic Rolls. Urp!

Still bored? Get your CINN-A-STACK as part of IHOP's Create Your Own Viva La French Toast Combo, which adds two eggs, hash browns, and two bacon strips or pork sausage links to a French toast two-stack. Pick sausage and use the syrup, and you leave the table with 1,700 calories and more than a day's sat fat (26 grams), sodium (1,900 mg), and added sugar (18 teaspoons).

IHOP does offer a SIMPLE & FIT Whole Wheat French Toast Combo, which comes with sliced banana (so you can skip the syrup), scrambled egg substitute, and turkey bacon. It's still too high in sodium (930 mg), but with 490 calories and only 4 grams of sat fat, it's IHOP's version of diet food.

IHOP: (866) 444-5144

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Title Annotation:FOOD PORN; IHOP's CINN-A-STACK French Toast
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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