There's no denying that Kellogg's has made a tasty frozen breakfast food with these. But what do the Eggo buttermilk pancake ingredients look like? Here's what you will find on the box's nutrition label:
Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Riboflavin [Vitamin B2], Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Soybean Oil, Buttermilk, Eggs, Contains 2% Or Less of Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Salt, Soy Lecithin.
Is it gluten free?
No. Not only do they have wheat flour, but also another source of gluten; barley flour.
Is it vegan?
With a name like Eggo, you really shouldn't even be asking. Not only does it contain eggs, but also milk (buttermilk). While not vegan, it is vegetarian for those who still eat both eggs and dairy.
Is it bad for you?
Honestly at 280 calories for a serving size of 3 pancakes, it's not bad when it comes to calorie count. But that same serving size has tons of sodium; 590 mg which is 25% of your daily value... it would be hard to argue that's healthy for you! Then to add insult to injury, there's the high fructose corn syrup.
Unfortunately the ORAC value, which measures antioxidants, isn't exactly a redeeming quality since it measures so incredibly low for this food. In short, Eggos may not be the worst choice but you can hardly call them a good one. If you insist on eating them anyway (and they are yummy, we don't blame you) the least you can do is skip the maple syrup or use just a tiny amount of it.
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't: Carlsen MH, Halvorsen BL, Holte K, et al. Nutrition Journal NIH Jan 2010