Is that right? KFC Double Down sandwich is "the vilest food product created by man"?
Have you read what they're saying about KFC's new Double Down sandwich? You know, the one that uses two fried chicken breasts in place of a bun, with bacon and cheese stuck in between?
I'm in no hurry to try the Double Down when it makes its national debut on Monday. Nor am I going to defend it as a healthful meal choice. But those who think it's the worst thing you can order from a fast-food restaurant haven't done their homework.
According to the KFC Web site, a fried Double Down has 540 calories, 290 of them from fat (that's 32 grams of total fat, 10 of them saturated and .5 trans fats). It also delivers 1,380 milligrams of sodium. (A grilled version has 80 fewer calories and 9 fewer grams of total fat -- but 50 more milligrams of sodium.)
As I say, this is clearly not health food. But it is also clearly not the worst thing out there. Tool around the site of any major fast-food chain and find the nutrition data. (It's a fun exercise, Double Down research aside.) While increasingly you can find better-for-you options on most menus, there's still plenty of high-calorie, fat-laden and sodium-spiked food to be had. Even at Subway, which has built a reputation as the land of healthful sandwiches, a 6-inch chicken and bacon ranch sandwich has 570 calories, 250 of them from fat (28 grams total) ad 1190 mg of sodium.
Occasionally I reveal myself for the old fogey that I am. When I was a kid growing up in Rockville, it was a BIG DEAL to get in the Chevy Impala and drive out to the McDonald's on Rockville Pike. We'd sit on a cement wall that separated the parking lot from the farm next door and watch cows grazing as we ate our hamburgers (without recognizing the irony). The hamburgers were small and delicious; the serving of fries equally so. It was dirt cheap; I have a memory of our four-person family's eating for five dollars -- and that included shakes all 'round.
The thing is, I remember that so clearly because McDonald's was a treat, not an every day staple. If only fast food could reclaim that role in our lives.
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Jennifer LaRue Huget
April 9, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories: Family Health , Is That Right? , Nutrition and Fitness , Obesity
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