Is KFC Chicken Sandwich Healthy? A Comprehensive Look

Quick, portable chicken sandwiches are a popular option at KFC, but they aren't the healthiest. A classic KFC chicken sandwich contains 650 calories, with 49% of those calories coming from fat. No fried chicken sandwich is healthy. Fried chicken is one of the least healthy preparations of lean and healthy protein, and is considered one of the most unhealthy foods on the planet.

The sandwich comes with BBQ sauce, while the Wendy's sandwich includes a mustard-honey sauce that doesn't harm calories. The sandwich has 40g of fat, which is equivalent to 10 parts of butter. It also has twice the amount of sodium and more than double the amount of fat compared to most other sandwiches. Fortunately, there is a healthier option available at KFC: grilled chicken.

Grilled chicken is much lower in calories and fat than fried chicken, and can be found in many KFC franchises. The grilled chicken sandwich contains 180 calories, saving you 130 calories compared to Colonel's Original Sandwich (500 calories). It also contains only 3.5 grams of fat (the original contains 23 grams), although it contains about 200 mg more sodium. Wendy's chicken sandwich is packed with bells and whistles that most other sandwiches don't have, such as cheddar cheese sauce, bacon jam, Applewood smoked bacon slices, crispy onions and American cheese.

Arby's Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon sandwich is the most unhealthy item on their menu. Applebee's Classic Combo is the most unhealthy dish on their menu, containing mozzarella sticks, spinach and artichoke sauce, chicken quesadillas and boneless wings - all adding up to more than 2000 calories. Nutritionist Frechman believes that almost all foods can be eaten in moderation - including these sandwiches - as long as you're aware of their high levels of sodium and fat. Goodson points out that the breading of the buttermilk dough, the two layers of spicy mayonnaise and the buttered bun are to blame for the high levels of fat and salt in this sandwich.

Tristan Gagliardo
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