November 01, 2003

Hot New Diet: KFC

Has anybody else seen the latest KFC commercials? They actually tout their product's nutrition! Now, there are many ways I can think of marketing Kentucky Fried Chicken, but I gotta tell you, nutrition was not the first thing that jumped to my mind. Apparently, if you ignore the breading, the biscuits, the mashed potatoes, and the french fries, KFC is a healthy 'low-carb' option. And, unlike most hunks of meat (I shudder to imagine the search queries here), FULL OF PROTEIN! Be still, my straining, oversized heart.

Anywhere, here's a more balanced view from that cutting-edge periodical, Good Housekeeping:

"KFC: Too Finger-Lickin' Good?

KFC's new Kids Laptop Pack may add more fat and calories to your family's diet than you think, especially if your small fry always orders fries. The Colonel says each small bag of Potato Wedges contains 4.8 ounces of food, for a total of 280 calories. But when the GHI nutritionist sampled these crispy spuds, they tasted too delicious. So we sent 10 orders from KFC restaurants in New York and New Jersey to a lab for testing. What we found: The standard 4.8-ounce serving averaged 358 calories. For adults who buy fries separate from the Laptop Pack, there's another problem: larger-than-standard portions, which boost the calorie and fat counts even more. Parents who order the Colonel's Crispy Strips are also getting more food. Although KFC says each three-strip serving has 4.1 ounces of chicken and 300 calories, our test shows the average is 5.8 ounces and 458 calories. One box contained 10 ounces of food, the equivalent of a whopping 780 calories!

How often does KFC deliver heaping helpings? In our test, only 20 percent of the orders were close to the portion sizes that the company claims. So if your KFC order looks big, watch out. Even if you're not counting calories, your waistline is."

Thanks for reading. And thanks for the comments. But if you're related to me, please keep suggestive pornographic comments about my body to yourself. Eeew.

Posted by Meredith at November 1, 2003 07:28 PM

It's you again! Hooray for Meredith writing. 8)

(Do i count as related to you?)

Posted by: meriko on November 2, 2003 03:40 PM

How many calories are in a large order of fries at KFC?

Posted by: Pamela Smith on June 27, 2004 07:25 AM

Their website only give stats for their regular size potato wedges.

According to their nutrition guide:
Just 240 calories, 12 grams of fat, 830 mg of sodium and 30 grams of carbs. Plus no cholesterol and no sugar

But that doesn't count all of the sugar if you add in ketchup.

Posted by: Just Al on July 13, 2004 05:41 PM

Where can I follow up for more information

Posted by: Stephany J on November 6, 2004 07:56 PM
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