This is Why You’re Fat: An Update

KFC is adding a new twist on the list of This is Why You're Fat. It's newest concoction, a bunless "sandwich" with two pieces of fried chicken sandwiching gobs of bacon and cheese.  Ick. Oddly, the calories aren't as bad as you might think.  The sandwich can be ordered grilled for 460 calories or fried for 540 calories.  The sodium count is off the charts, the USDA recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams per day.  The grilled meal comes in at 1,380 and the fried at 1,430 milligrams respectively. Of course we haven't added fries or a soda yet.  It would be pretty easy to shoot by our calorie needs for the day with a meal like that.  KFC points out that they have healthy sides like green beans or corn on the cob but I'm thinking the number of people who choose those options are pretty small. For comparison's sake a McDonald's Big Mac is 540 calories and a Burger King Whopper is 670.  Nary a whole grain in sight ... What do you think?  Is KFC helping Americans eat healthier?  How many people do you see at fast food restaurants choosing a demure salad with minimal dressing?

About Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson here. I've been a personal trainer since 1997, a Pilates instructor since 1998 and the owner of Modern Pilates since 1999. I'm hoping to give you some good ideas to get or stay in shape with a healthy dose of humor and reality. Thanks for joining me.

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10 Responses to This is Why You’re Fat: An Update

  1. Susan sommers April 8, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Fast Food Chains such as KFC is yet another example of corporate America at it’s worst. Making money to the detriment of the public’s health. It’s no wonder Jamie Oliver’s numbers have dropped. He has an up hill battle here in the USA land of ‘Super Size Me’ because Super Size we are.

  2. workout mommy April 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    that is disgusting and so depressing. People will buy and eat this. :(

  3. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' April 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Aw man, I was really hoping they’d have little or no interest in their test market of this bun-less “sandwich.” How could you possibly eat that?! Talk about a grease bomb!

    Sadly, my husband said he wants to try it, just to see how gross it is. Hopefully I can talk him out of it!!

    Ick. :(

  4. S April 8, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    As much as I hate to say it – this actually is a good option though (grilled) for those with Celiacs who aren’t able to easily get fast food when there are simply times it is what is available. Clearly not a meal for regular consumption but just a different way to look at the creation.

  5. Dansull123 April 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    It may not be healthy, but its affordable. Unfortunately it is not cost effective to eat healthy. I love fried chicken, bacon and cheese, but no bun….I don’t want fried chicken grease on my hands! Corporate America isn’t trying to help people be healthy, but they do make it possible for people to eat affordably. As much as some people would like all the worlds food production to be organic, hormone free and healthy, if we stopped using the technological advances currently used to produce food, more than 1/3 of the United States population would not be able to eat. The organic revolution leaves out the fact that it cannot produce food in quantities enough to make sure everyone can eat, it would then cause a frenzy and drive up prices as supplies diminish. In the middle ages it was attractive and a sign of wealth to be obese, as most of the peasants were emaciated from lack of food stuffs.

    I’m all for eating kind of healthy when I can, but when it comes down to it, eat that monstrosity or go hungry, I’m gonna eat the artery clogging special, er, I mean the double down….

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 14, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    I remember when this was starting to get out in the test markets a while back… it’s apalling! Mostly because people just look at the calorie number and think it’s acceptable. Not realizing (like you mentioned) that you’re still going to add more calories to that meal with other sides and also everything else in the nutritional facts are telling you it’s a NO NO!

  7. Melanie April 17, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    While I don’t approve of this sandwich (or fast food in general), this is basically chicken cordon bleu. I’m not sure why we’re all het up about a marketing ploy that rebrands a dish that was popular in th ’80s and is equal to the Big Mac in its nutritional bankruptcy.

  8. Lisa Johnson April 17, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Good point Melanie, when I did the post I actually thought the calorie count was going to be much higher. Someone at my studio told me that KFC had lied & an independent study said the calories were more in the neighborhood of 1,200 but I couldn’t find a link (even a disreputable link) to refute their numbers. I do think the picture just looks gross and as far as “this is why you’re fat” goes … A Big Mac as well as this chicken slab both are high ranking in my book ;-)

    Be well,


  9. Brooke April 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    The way I see it… KFC can do whatever they want — keep the sandwich, get rid of it, whatever. Either way, people who want to eat unhealthily will still do so, because they will find their way. Even if there were suddenly legislature that pulled all fast food from the market, people are people, and they will find their ways to eat unhealthy… we can’t stop ’em, eh…
    All we can do, as fitness instructors, is try to lead by example! :)

  10. Lisa Johnson April 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm #


    I think we can do more than lead by example, I think we can nudge, and nudge hard if we have to … our clients trust us, we can do more. Thanks so much for this comment though. There is a similar discussion at the Jamie Oliver post and the Stigma of Obesity. L–

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