A lot of people are writing about this new Double Down from KFC. This website here sums up most peoples feelings about this product without even having to say anything. The website is called, This is Why You are Fat… It is brilliant and points out just how creative (and short sighted) we are at feeding our food addictions. My favorites are the pop tart ice cream sandwiches and the pulled pork and mashed potato parfait. By the way, those are 2 things that will make you very fat.
The truth is though, the Double Down sandwich from KFC just isn’t that bad for you. As pointed out by the Shots blog, the Double Down sandwich actually has 90 FEWER calories than the McDonald’s Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich. Yep, this sandwich here:
How can this sandwich be worse than the double down!?!?!
Because of the bread! Just look at this:
Someone figured out that the roll the sandwich is on has more calories than the chicken in it! Take away the bun and add another piece of chicken and voila, you have a double down, only with less calories. This point is very important. The misconception about this new sandwich and all the hype it is getting. We are so oblivious as to what is good and what is bad for us (make no mistake, there is nothing good in the double down sandwich, just that thinking the crispy deluxe is good because it has a bun isn’t any smarter). Bread is bad for us, very bad. When you are trying to reduce your calorie intake bread is terrible. Bread is nothing but calories. Literally, every known civilization has moved from nomadic to world power on the backs of a major starch, and that starch has become part of every culture.
I am not recommending you eat the Double Down. It has 540 calories. It is made up of deep fried chicken, cheese, bacon and mayonnaise. These are all tremendously calorie dense food items. What I am recommending is that we revisit many of our traditional food choices or redesign them to work for us. Thus, the thin bread choice. We always see bread as a neutral food choice in a sandwich, pizza, etc. It isn’t. It is very far from neutral. As well, when they come up with a vegetable grilled Double Down, I might be in. Full of peppers, onions, tomatoes and lettuce… well, now we could be on to something.
A note here: Most people think you can compare two food choices based only on their calorie count. You can’t. Quite often one will be bigger than the other. For example you can’t compare a McDonald’s Cheeseburger with a Whopper. Obviously the former has fewer calories but the latter is more likely to fill you up. This common sense missed by many nutritionists. It really is a case of how many calories per meal, not how many calories per sandwich. This is why calorie density is so important. In the case of these two sandwiches, they are almost exactly the same size. 254 grams for the Crispy Club (calorie density of 2.48) and 241 grams for the Double Down (calorie density of 2.24).