Photo Credit: KFC.com
I was all set to write about the finer points of David A. Kessler’s 2009 book The End of Overeating (Rodale) when I glanced at the morning paper. In it, I saw a brief mention of KFC’s new sandwich, the Double Down, which makes its debut today.
KFC.com describes its new offering as a “one-of-a-kind sandwich [featuring] two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce.” The 540 calorie fried version of the sandwich has 32 grams of fat.
I’ll let the ingredients speak for themselves. Here’s a list of what’s in the chicken. (Keep in mind that this doesn’t include the bacon, cheeses, or sauce.)
KFC® Original Recipe® Filet
Fresh, Boneless Chicken Breast Filets, Rice Starch, Soy Protein Concentrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphates and Monosodium Glutamate. Breaded With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, and Garlic Powder. Battered With: Water, Wheat Flour, Tapioca Dextrin, High Amylose Corn Starch, Nonfat Dry Milk, Dried Whey, Dextrose, and Dried Egg Whites. Predusted With: Wheat Flour, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Spices, Nonfat Dry Milk, Dried Whey, Dried Egg Whites, and Garlic Powder. Breading Set in Low Trans Fat Oil (RDB) Soybean or Corn/Soy Blend With or Without TBHQ.
Contains Egg, Milk, Wheat and Soy
Fresh Chicken Filets Marinated in Salt, Potassium and Sodium Phosphates, Breaded With Wheat Flour, Sodium Chloride and Anti-caking agent (Tricalcium Phosphate), Nonfat Milk, Egg Whites, Colonel’s Secret Original Recipe Seasoning.
Contains Egg, Milk, and Wheat.
*Will contain one of the Ingredient statements above, depending upon regional suppliers
And now I’ll leave you with these thoughts from Kessler’s book, which came out well before the Double Down arrived on the scene. In Chapter 22, Kessler discusses what happens when American processed food turns up in communities across the globe.
While visiting health clinics in poor South African townships, Kessler “kept meeting obese health care workers.” He asked a colleague to explain why. Her answer was simple: “Kentucky Fried Chicken had come to town.”