Salt Assault #12: IHOP


When you’re at IHOP, “no matter what menu items [you] order, there’s one ingredient that’s always constant—a smile.”  Blood-pressure raising salt is a close second. 

Our analysis of IHOP’s nutrition information shows that you can consume almost two days’ worth of sodium—4,560 milligrams (mg)—if you order the Cheeseburger Omelette with a side of three Buttermilk Pancakes.

Sorry, breakfast lovers, the sodium content of IHOP’s menu is high in sodium across the board, as shown by our analysis of its “typical” breakfasts.  For example, a typical breakfast from IHOP’s Combos category (rich in bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns, and pancakes) has over a day’s worth of sodium at 2,680 mg.  While IHOP’s Waffles, Crepes, and French Toast categories are on the lower end in terms of sodium, the syrup and  toppings added to them will make up for that with a significant amount of added sugar.

If you go to IHOP and want to leave with your blood pressure in check, try its Simple & Fit breakfasts that serve up whole wheat toast, and fresh fruits and vegetables.  IHOP’s Simple & Fit 2-Egg Breakfast has about 870 mg of sodium, while its Simple & Fit Egg White Vegetable Omelette has about 790 mg.

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