There has been much upheaval recently over the whole eggs vs. KFC Double Down debacle. I’m sure that you’ve all heard about the situation by this point, but if you haven’t, you can check out one article which runs the story: Eggs versus the Double Down: Guess who wins? from the Globe and Mail. Read it and weep.
Eggs vs. the Double Down
Let’s put aside for a moment that what we’re looking at is nutritious food versus processed food. I know; it’s tough to do. But let’s try. Let’s give the author of that article, and the authors of so many other articles which take the same position, the benefit of the doubt. Let’s seriously (try not to laugh, now) compare the humble egg to the KFC Double Down. Which is more nutritious? Here are the stats:
– One whole egg contains 70 calories, 5 grams fat (1.5 grams saturated; 0 grams trans), 195 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 1 gram carbohydrate, and 6 grams protein.
– One KFC Double Down contains 540 calories, 32 grams fat (10 grams saturated; 0.5 grams trans), 145 mg cholesterol, 1380 mg sodium, 11 grams carbohydrate, and 53 grams protein.
– One whole egg contains one ingredient: an egg!
– Although I was not able to find an official listing of the ingredients in the KFC Double Down, multiple websites suggest that there are about 20 ingredients in one of the chicken fillets alone. They include, among others, MSG and partially hydrogenated oils.
You might look at the KFC Double Down and think, “wow, that’s a lot of protein!” And you would be right. That is a lot of protein. Protein is an important part in any diet – but a moderate amount of protein is important, and we also need to get our protein from healthy sources or it won’t be worth it at all. You’d be far better off eating an apple, which is mostly carbohydrate, than a Double Down, which has plenty of protein.
Cholesterol levels in the body are not affected by dietary cholesterol unless you already have high cholesterol levels. Besides that, the difference between 195 mg and 145 mg is not very big.
The amount of sodium in the Double Down is more than you need in a day. Salt in its natural state, such as sea salt or the salt from sea vegetables, will contain extra nutrients, so it’s better to get the salt in your diet from those sources.
We haven’t even addressed the fat issue yet but it is already clear that eggs are the winner. In my mind, eggs are the superfood. They contain everything we need. Get nest-laid eggs from free-range chickens that have access to scratching and dustbathing and that are fed a vegetarian diet without antibiotics and you will be eating one of the most nutritious foods there is.
One Million Sold
I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post about the Double Down, but just recently it has been banned in Canada. Woohoo! It lasted one month here, and according to several articles, over one million KFC Double Downs were sold within that time period.
That makes me feel sick just thinking about it. I’m all for indulging and trying new things, but seriously? Seriously? Come on, Canada! One KFC Double Down is more than enough, let alone one million. But from what I’ve heard, it sounds as though half the people were trying it “because it was so ridiculous that they just had to”, and the other half were trying it because of its limited availability. A good marketing strategy on KFC’s part. If only the rhetoricians behind the Double Down marketing would use their rhetoric to promote nutritious foods (like eggs!) rather than good ol’ heart-attack-on-a-plate over here.
This type of controversy is why I’m trying to focus on eating a higher-raw diet these days. When you’re eating raw, you’re automatically eating wholesome, nutritious foods. There is no room for processed foods in a raw food diet. There is no room for packaged products. Raw food diets focus on eating clean. There are many, many benefits to eating cooked food (hello, whole eggs!) – but if you have difficulty staying away from the processed stuff, then incorporating more raw into your lifestyle might be a good way to go.
What are your thoughts on the Eggs vs. KFC Double Down debate? Are you an egg-eater? A KFC-goer? A raw foodie? What’s important to you, nutritionally, in a food? What are your thoughts on the current state of journalism that a journalist for a well-respected national newspaper would bash the egg? How do you feel about the marketing strategies behind the Double Down? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!