Sunday, October 11, 2009

Doubling Down With Your Health

At a time when America is debating obesity and its cost to the health care system, KFC is test-marketing a new sandwich that is sure to raise eyebrows. The N.Y. Daily News describes the new "Double Down" sandwich:
... it layers two kinds of cheese with bacon and oozes “Colonel’s sauce.” The twist? Instead of bread, two deep-fried chicken breasts round out the calorific concoction.

Dubbed the Double Down, the sandwich is in test markets so far, which means that only overeaters in Providence, Rhode Island, and Omaha, Nebraska, can get their greasy fill. The buzz is that it’s got more than an entire day’s worth of the recommended allowance for fat, cholesterol, sodium and protein, according to an analysis in the Vancouver Sun.

“Independent labs are estimating that it has around 1,200 calories and over 50 fat grams, based on what’s in the other KFC sandwiches,” says Men’s Health food and nutrition editor Matt Goulding, co-author of “Eat This, Not That: Best and Worst Foods in America.”
I certainly enjoy foods from time to time (doughnuts, foie gras, etc.) that is high in fat, but this new KFC sandwich seems so decadently over-the-top.

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