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KFC Good for You?!


#1

So I try to keep my diet clean, but I'm a big fan of KFC, and if I cheat it's usually with that. Crispy strips are usually my meal of choice.
Recently I decided to check out just how bad they were for you on the official website, and I came up with this pdf
http://www.kfc.com/nutrition/pdf/kfc_nutrition.pdf

5pcs of crispy strips
18g of fat
45g of carbs
55g of protein!!

So if I eat that with no fries and a diet soda, my cheat isn't hurting me as bad as I thought.
Anyone have any thoughts on this matter? Could the stats be fake?
Because recently I've been downing strips post workout...


#2

Whatever works for you.
With KFC and those sorts of 'restaurants', I'd be more concerned with all the other preservatives and shit that they're putting in. I may be wrong but that food is also probably deep fried which = canola oil = Omega imbalance. Little to no fiber, or micronutrients. As a rule, I usually only eat whole foods, so this wouldn't qualify IMO(the breaded coating).


#3

My thoughts exactly.


#4

If I recall correctly, KFC doesn't use canola oil for its cooking, nor does any other fast food joint.

Canola's a good oil, and not bad for cooking.


#5

Dude, a cheat meal is a cheat meal. Eat it, enjoy, and move on to your regular diet. If inducing less "damage" (can't think of a better way to put it) with a cheat meal works better for you mentally and physically, then that's fine.

I can't do huge cheats, nor do I do well with most deep fried foods. But I can cheat with a few slices of pizza, some of those lightly fried tempura sushi rolls with all sorts of other stuff in and on them (spicy mayo, crunch flakes, cream cheese, canned pineapple, etc), and some other items that don't upset my stomach for a day. Oily Indian food is off limits for me.


#6

The paragraph before Advertising

Sweet soy-bean oil, much better.
:slightly_smiling: :expressionless: :frowning: :cry:


#7

Especially high heated soybean oil.


#8

This is a borderline troll thread.

KFC healthy? Come on


#9

Whole foods it is, but it was nice while it lasted haha


#10

depends on how many times youre cheating and how clean your diet is the rest of the time . if its only once a week , maybe even twice dont sweat it ,like BRICKNYCE wrote eat n enjoy .
i dont like the word cheat its linked with guilt . its part of the diet .

if i want something ill eat it but as most here that eat clean healthy food all the time know when you eat some addative laden sugary/fatty/salty crap your system dont like it and you'll feel like crap afterwards (bloated , lethargic , sickly maybe headaches etc)


#11

http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_nutrition/question_of_nutrition_vol_7

QUOTE:
canola would be a bad choice for cooking because you should never heat the omega-3's to cooking temperature. "The canola oil commonly found in supermarkets has been refined, heated, and damaged beyond repair," says Pescatore. "Even some of the most sophisticated health writers still report about this product as if it were healthful, while nothing could be further from the truth."


#12

Thanks for the article. However, I've already read it, and I'm still one of those people who uses it.


#13

yeah, isn't canola's cachet that is has a fairly high smoke point, making it better for cooking?

Anyway, if I'm in a hurry and too lazy to cook I can get some grilled chicken from KFC. It's fine.


#14

Is there a point in cooking with extra virgin olive oil?

Once it gets heated to high temperatures doesn't it basically lose it's health properties?


#15

Yeah, you're not supposed to cook with EVOO, it's meant for salads and other non-cooking purposes afaik.


#16

i think it loses SOME of its health properties when heated... i really dont believe onve it gets heated past a certain degree it just turns into the nutritional equivalent of canola unless someone could prove me wrong


#17

I would never eat such deep fried crap. But then that's just me I care more about my health than how much I can bench press.


#18

This is true. My question: why does virtually every cook on the food network pan fry shit in evoo? Sometimes they use plain olive oil, but still.


#19

I would think that the temperature they're using is within EVOOs limit.
Maybe they're sauteeing.

http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/saute_heat.htm


#20

I'm not an expert on fats, nor do I have my medical nutrition and metabolism texts in front of me. All I know is it's one of the preferred fats to cook with along with butter, coconut, lard, and macademia nut. I think it also depends on how long its cooking and how high the heat is (too lazy to look up this minute).