Friday, April 30, 2010

KFC Double Down: Outrageous?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the much talked about Double Down is not outrageous. At least not relatively speaking. Consisting of bacon and cheese slapped between two deep fried chicken fillets this is clearly not a healthy food option. But what I find MUCH more outrageous is what is worse for you than this deep fried, cheese, and bacon laden delight.

The Double Down weighs in as follows:

540 Calories
32g Fat

The following are worse food choices:

Quiznos Roasted Chicken Flatbread Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

111o Calories
74g Fat

Wendy's Southwest Taco Salad

640 Calories
36g Fat

Starbuck's Venti White Chocolate Mocha

630 Calories
29g Fat

Costco Blueberry Muffin

610 Calories
32g Fat

(Here's the one that hurts for me!)

Chipotle Chicken Burrito

970 Calories
38g Fat

Subway's Footlong Meatball Marinara

1,160 Calories
46g Fat

Bagel with Liberal Cream Cheese

700 Calories
40g Fat

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that any of these choices are good for you because they aren't. What I am trying to point out is no one is outraged by a chicken topped salad or a bagel, yet one bunless chicken sandwich is being touted as death on a plate.

So, while the Double Down takes double the flak, I find hidden calories to be scarier. If I choose to eat a Double Down I'll know it's unhealthy. I know that I'm consuming hundreds of empty calories and grease, but a salad? A muffin? I expect those to be a bit better for me. Sneaky food.


  1. O.M.G. I am seriously disgusted by the salad of doom, and crying over the Chipotle burrito. I could have gone the rest of my life unwittingly eating those burritos. Now I have to eat them and think about 900 calories. ;)
    The Double Down is nasty, but when it came out I saw the stats and thought - so what? Other things have just as many calories and fat.
    I really like this post. You just gained yourself a new follower. :)

  2. Where on earth are you getting that bagel stat? I mean, as a type I diabetic, I rarely eat bagels but just looking up bagel stats on the back of a Thomas' package (my oldest had an odd hinkering for bagels recently): 1 plain bagel; calories = 260.

    add cream cheese:
    2 tbs = 90 cals

    That's a total of 350 cals & even if you go over a little bit on the cream cheese, it still is no where near 700 cals.

    NOW- as far as the double down thing goes I hate KFC. Thank goodness. But if I *did* like it, I could see myself giving this sandwich a try.

  3. faithstwin -

    The sucky part is that I'm basing it on an awesome combo that I love to eat on weekend mornings - a Panera Whole Wheat bagel with "liberal" cream cheese. I would say that I and others who like cream cheese probably put more like 4T of cream cheese per bagel half instead of the 2T which is the actual serving size. So...

    1 Panera Whole Wheat bagel = 370 calories

    8T of cream cheese = 360 calories

    Grand Total of 730 calories!

    Carbs are evil I tell ya!

  4. hard to believe that the bagel w/cream cheese or the muffin were less...but i can soooo get it!
    i'd take the fried sandwich any day over a bagel haha
    oops i guess that's why my hips are so wide~!


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