If you visit France, your trip isn't complete without snacking on a buttery croissant while gazing up at the Eiffel Tower. This rich breakfast snack, which dates back to the 17th century, is a staple of French cuisine. It's also available closer to home; many bakeries and supermarkets sell freshly baked croissants every morning. Despite their delicious taste, croissants aren't very healthy.
A Rich Start to the Day
Croissants are often available in a variety of flavors, including butter, cheese and apple. A medium butter croissant, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has 231 calories, 12 grams of fat and 4.7 grams of protein. A medium cheese croissant has 236 calories, 11.9 grams of fat and 5.2 grams of protein. A medium apple croissant contains 145 calories, 5 grams of fat and 4.2 grams of protein. Croissants loaded with cheese, egg and bacon or ham, which are prevalent at fast food restaurants, are significantly higher in calories, fat and protein.
- France.fr: The Croissant
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Croissants, Butter
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Croissants, Cheese
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Croissants, Apple
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