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    Fast Food Part 3: The KFC tests

    Hopefully, you’ve followed this fast food series so far – if not, this post won’t make much sense so head over to Part 1.

     

    Kentucky Fried Chicken, or KFC for short hasn’t had the same stigma attached to it around its food being totally unhealthy, at least not in the same volumes as McDonalds has over the years, but given KFC’s menu (fried chicken), you would immediately think they might rank worse. For this test, KFC don’t explicitly show the calorie count for their food, however do note that 1 calorie is equal to 4.2 kilojoules, so we’ve used that to calculate calories in the following tests.

     

    Note: KFC doesn’t list the nutritional values for its drinks, so we’ve used the values from the CalorieKing website instead.

     

    Let’s see how some of KFC’s meals stack up.

     

    Original Recipe Fillet Burger meal:

     

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    Original Fillet Burger 1,688 402
    Small Seasoned Chips 955 227
     Pepsi 375mL can 656 158
    Total 3,299 787

    The results.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    Original Fillet Burger Meal 3,299 787
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 37% 41%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    Original Fillet Burger Meal 3,299 787
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 45% 51%

     

    In comparison to McDonalds basic meal we tested, the Big Mac meal, KFC’s Original Fillet burger is only marginally better, but still not great. The burger itself is the major offender in this meal.

     

    Next up, we test put the 3 Piece Box through its paces:

     

    3 Piece Box

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    3 pieces Original Fillet Chicken 5,355 1,275
    Small Seasoned Chips* 478 114
    1 Dinner Roll 40 10
    1 Regular Potato & Gravy 329 78
     Pepsi 375mL can 656 158
    Total 6,858 1,635

    * Note, these items are believed to be a smaller portion in the meals / boxes from KFC, so we’ve halved the quoted figure to be on the safe side.

     

    The results.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    3 Piece Box 6,858 1,635
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 77% 84%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    3 Piece Box 6,858 1,635
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 94% 107%

     

    I would have not expected the 3 pieces of chicken to rank so high, but that sometimes comes down to perception and I think that’s where people fall over – they think these foods aren’t as bad as they really are.

     

    Women are most affected by this meal, where based on someone who doesn’t exercise, this would be the only thing they could eat in a day if they wanted to maintain a healthy weight based on the experts.

     

     

    Ultimate Burger Box

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    Original Fillet Burger 1,688 402
    1 piece Original Fillet Chicken 1,785 425
    1 Dinner Roll 40 10
    1 Regular Potato & Gravy 329 78
     Pepsi 375mL can 656 158
    Total 4,498 1,071

     

    The results.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    Ultimate Burger Box 4,498 1,071
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 51% 55%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    Ultimate Burger Box 6,858 1,635
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 62% 70%

     

    The Ultimate Burger Box is again a bit of a surprise. Based on its contents, we’d think this one would rank a little higher than it does, but it still takes 55% and 70% respectively for males and females of their daily calorie count based on our averages in Part 1.

     

     

    Now we move on to the behemoth of the KFC range.

     

    Five Stars Box

    Item Kilojoules Calories
    1 piece Original Fillet Chicken 1,785 425
    1 BBQ Wrap* 1,413 168
    3 Wicked Wings 1,657 395
    1 Snack Popcorn Chicken* 1,852 220
    1 Regular Chips 955 227
    1 Regular Potato & Gravy 329 78
    Pepsi 375mL can 656 158
    Total 7,015 1,672

    * Note, these items are believed to be a smaller portion in the meals / boxes from KFC, so we’ve halved the quoted figure to be on the safe side.

     

    The results.

     

    For Men (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 8,900 1,936
    Five Stars Box 7,015 1,672
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 79% 86%

     

    For Women (based on our averages):

     

    Kilojoules Calories
    Recommended Daily Intake 7,015 1,531
    Five Stars Box 7,015 1,672
    The percentage the meal just consumed of the daily recommended intake 96% 109%

     

    Wow! That’s monumental.  Apart from looking like a heart attack on a menu, this meal provides 86% of our average male’s daily calories and 109% for females and is on par with a McDonalds Double Quarter Pounder meal.

     

    Ladies, we hope you’re not planning on eating anything else but the Five Stars Box today! As they say, a second on the Lips, a lifetime on the hips!

     

    Needless to say this one just shouldn’t be on the menu, or should be shared by three or four people!

     

    So, as we suspected, KFC is generally above McDonalds on kilojoules and calorie counts for their run of the mill meals. I wonder why KFC didn’t get put through the ringer for its food like McDonalds did in the 2000’s, which lead McDonalds to clean up its menu.

     

    Which brings me to my final word on KFC and how offensive their food is to the general population. We’ve already ascertained that their generally ahead of McDonalds on their equivalent (as much as) meals. But one menu item intrigued me the most, The KFC Double Down.

     

    The KFC Double Down was dubbed as the ultimate man-time meal and was a bun-less burger made up two chicken fillets (used in place of the bun), two slices of cheese, bacon and Smoky BBQ sauce. This ithe menu item from KFC that has probably caused the most controversy as it was seen as ‘gut busting’ and not very healthy at all.

     

    While there is no doubt the KFC Double Down wasn’t healthy and it certainly has no place in a healthy persons diet, according to a reference found via Google from the KFC site (direct link on the KFC site since removed after the promo ended), the Double Down weighed in at 1,939 kilojoules, or 461 calories. This might sound like a lot, but that’s less than a Big Mac burger from McDonalds (just the burger, not the whole meal!).  Some websites suggest the calorie count of the KFC Double Down is somewhere in the vicinity of 540 calories, however we’ve gone direct to the restaurant websites for consistently (i.e. if they’re lying about their nutritional information, they’re probably lying about it across the board).

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