Last week , after pumping my gas, I drove past a KFC restaurant and was shocked by the sign I saw hanging in the window…
A fried chicken sandwich with cheetos on it!?!
This HAD to be a joke.
Being the health professional that I am, I quickly summed it up as a heart attack on a bun, but my curiosity stopped me.
Exactly HOW bad was this sandwich?
I went to the website to look up the nutrition facts, expecting to have my thoughts validated.
Instead, I was utterly shocked…
Only 560 calories??
How is that even possible?
Yes, it’s high in fat and high in sodium, but only 560 calories?!
Regardless of whatever magic trick KFC performed to keep the calorie count under control, it made me think about the importance of checking nutrition facts, especially because the previous week I had ALMOST purchased a seemingly healthy turkey wrap.
Sandwich wraps look nice and innocent but have you ever stopped to notice how many calories you’re eating 🤔🤔
Some sandwich wraps are healthier than others, but you’d be surprised how many calories this simple looking wrap contains…
This simple sandwich wrap has 950 calories!!!
Here’s a side by side comparison with the sandwich:
The turkey wrap has 400 more calories, 25 more grams of fat, almost twice as much sodium, and three times more saturated fat THAN A CHEETOS CHICKEN SANDWICH!
What’s my point?
You cannot make assumptions about food being healthy, even if it looks healthy, because you NEVER know what’s in it, unless you make it yourself.
A simple looking salad can have 1000 calories.
A basic spinach wrap can have 1500 calories.
Never assume that the food industry has your best interest at heart.
Their job is to make the food taste delicious so that you’ll want to buy it.
It’s YOUR job to take control of what you put in your body, and the first step is by being a food detective and checking nutrition facts.
We are blessed to live in a time where this information is readily available. If you can’t find it for the specific food you’re eating, you can find the information for something similar.
But YOU have to be in the driver’s seat for your own health goals.