Saturday, July 12, 2014

KFC

Hey Everyone,

Today I am going to be talking about KFC and how to make the best of what they have to offer. Again, I am not saying that fast food is the greatest, but I do realize that most people do consume it on a regular basis because it is handy. I figure if I can't stop people from going to those places, I will teach them to eat smarter when they do go there.


First off, was anyone else freaked out as a kid by the statues of the Colonel in the restaurants? No? Just me? ... Okay.

So KFC has been making some effort to improve the quality of the food that they hand out. They have their new grilled chicken option "KGC" and it significantly lowered the amount of calories in the chicken. But, what else is there to look out for?

First, I am going to show you just how much the way that chicken is cooked completely changes the nutritional value of it.
When you are picking out your chicken you can choose from grilled, original recipe, or extra crispy. You also get to choose between thigh, wing, breast and drumsticks.


Calories
Fat
Protein
Original Recipe



Breast
320
14
36
Drumstick
120
7
11
Thigh
290
21
18
Wing
140
8
11

Calories
Fat
Protein
Extra Crispy



Breast
490
29
35
Drumstick
160
10
13
Thigh
370
26
18
Wing
210
15
12

Calories
Fat
Protein
Grilled



Breast
220
7
40
Drumstick
90
4
13
Thigh
170
10
19
Wing
80
4.5
10

I think that the winner here is obviously the grilled chicken because it is the lowest in calories and fat, the highest in protein...and although I didn't show you the sodium values it has over 1/3 less sodium than the fried chicken does.

Another thing to watch out for is what kind of piece you are eating. I think that although the breast is the most caloric--it offers the most protein. And more than likely you will have more than one drumstick, thigh or wing because they are not very big. So really you will still be consuming about the same amount of calories, but more fat grams all together.

P.S. if you are looking for dipping sauces---Sweet and Sour and Honey BBQ are the way to go. They have the least amount of calories, fat, and sodium.


Next is everyone's favorite...side dishes. (:

Here is the basic information for all sides available:

Calories
Fat
Protein
Green Beans
25
0
1
Whole Kernel Corn
100
0.5
3
Corn on the cob
70
0.5
2
Wedges
290
15
4
Mac n’ Cheese
170
6
5
Cole Slaw
170
10
1
Mashed Potatoes
120
4
1
Biscuit
180
8
4
Just by looking at the options you can probably tell that I would say green beans and corn/corn on the cob are the best choices....and you are absolutely right. What I was most shocked by was the amount of calories and fat in the cole slaw...who knew! So besides the veggies I think that your best bet would be to pick mashed potatoes because they are low in fat and calories and always seem to fill me up. Just be careful how much butter you add to them (if any) because that can drastically change the nutritional value on them.

Tips:

1. Take KFC home for dinner instead of eating it in the drive thru---have a side of whole wheat bread, fruit and a glass of milk to complete your meal.

2. Please, for the love of the food gods, do not order this <---- it is a heart attack on a .... oh wait there's no bun. Yeah just don't do it.

3. If choosing between the famous bowl and the pot pie...choose the famous bowl. It has about half of the fat.

4. If you are getting a kids meal you can choose applesauce as a side and milk as a drink.

5. Just be smart about what you are putting into your body, just because a new unhealthy food is being advertised as the new thing does not mean that you need to splurge and get it. Stick with what you know is good for you and it'll all pay off. (:

Thanks for Reading!

Find more info at:

http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/