Best & Worst

Best & Worst Pancake at IHOP

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IHOP stopped going by the International House of Pancakes moniker years ago, but that doesn’t mean its menu has slimmed down equally.

In fact, the iconic destination for the most comforting of comfort foods has beefed up its offerings with ingredients like Nutella, brioche and pudding. If you don’t want to derail your diet before noon (or dawn, depending on when the blue-and-orange beacon calls your name), here’s what to avoid and what you can enjoy with a minimum of guilt.

Eat This!

Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity With Cinnamon Apple Topping

Calories

560

Fat

15 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Trans Fat

0.5 g

Carbs

93 g

Sugar

27 g

Not That!

New York Cheesecake Pancakes

Calories

1,030

Fat

40 g

Saturated Fat

20 g

Trans Fat

1.5 g

Carbs

140 g

Sugar

51 g

Call it truth in advertising: IHOP’s New York Cheesecake pancakes are closer to a dessert (or two!) than breakfast. A single serving stack of four packs half a day’s calories and three-quarters of your recommended daily allowance of fat. (For perspective, a slice of actual Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Coconut Cream cheesecake has only 20 more calories!) In addition, the amount of sugar is equivalent to eating 12+ Dunkin Donuts sugar raised donut. Which, for your reference, is 4 grams. IHOP’s signature Rooty Tooty ‘cakes won’t pass as health food, but they’re a far better option, and the Cinnamon Apple topping is the best of the Fresh ‘N Fruity choices. Just steer clear of the combos, which add eggs and bacon to the pancakes. That’s not what you came to IHOP for anyway, right?



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