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Monday, April 03, 2017

Kentucky Fried Chicken: Menu Choices & Calories

To my Canadian readers: Not all the options are avaible in Canada
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By Malia Frey, Verywell.com
Most healthy eaters consider chicken to be a diet-friendly food. But the menu at Kentucky Fried Chicken can challenge even the most dedicated dieter. Many KFC menu items are loaded with fat and calories—including the chicken. But it is possible to eat at KFC when you're trying to lose weight and even to make healthy choices on the KFC menu.

Analyzing the Kentucky Fried Chicken Menu
KFC Original Recipe Chicken Breast Nutrition Facts
The KFC menu is built around items that are fried.

So even though chicken is usually a good source of lean protein, most of the chicken items on this menu are going to less healthy. In addition, the side dishes—primarily comfort foods like mashed potatoes, corn bread and macaroni and cheese will increase your fat and calorie intake while providing very little nutritional value.

However, there are a few grilled selections on the Kentucky Fried Chicken menu that are better for your health. For example the Grilled Chicken Breast provides just 180 calories and 6 grams of total fat. You'll also get 31 grams of metabolism-boosting protein when you choose this food.

Most Popular KFC Food
Original Recipe and Extra Crispy Chicken are very popular choices at KFC. But the Original Recipe Chicken Breast is loaded with fat and sodium (see label). If you select the Extra Crispy Chicken Breast, you'll consume 390 calories, 23 grams of fat and 870 milligrams of sodium.

Extra Crispy Tenders are also a menu favorite at KFC.

A single order provides 140 calories, 7 grams of fat 10 grams of protein and 310 milligrams of sodium. And wings are another popular food. An order of KFC Chicken Hot Wings provides 70 calories, 4 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 160 milligrams of sodium. But a serving size is just 22 grams, which is very small. You are likely to consume several servings of this food.

--more at verywell.com

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