On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the healthiest foods at KFC and the worst high calorie options.
Note: the video from this post was filmed back in 2012, however I’ve attempted to update the information based on updates KFC has made to their menu.
Let’s continue moving down the fast food restaurant highway and find you the healthiest foods to eat, when you have to eat on the go.
That’s right, welcome to the fast food edition of Food Wars.
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Today we’re adding another fast food restaurant to the list.
I’m analyzing the healthiest menu options and the worst belly busting menu options at KFC, also known as Kentucky Fried Chicken.
I won’t lie, this one was tough.
So lets get right into it and check out the healthiest foods at KFC.
Here are the best of the best healthy food options that KFC has to offer.
If you’re looking for the healthiest foods at KFC, order the:
I’m not sure why, but KFC doesn’t offer a grilled chicken salad.
They do have a house salad, however it doesn’t sound like much of a salad as the only ingredients are lettuce and tomato.
So chicken, salad, and green beans sounds like a pretty decent meal right?
Well once again, to be a truly healthy meal, you need to also look at the ingredients that make up the foods.
I have to let you know up front, there are a lot of preservatives and other ingredients in the chicken that you should not eat every day, including:
The green beans also have MSG.
KFC doesn’t really offer a healthy salad dressing.
If you need salad dressing, the healthiest KFC salad dressing would be the Marzetti Light Italian dressing.
However, this salad dressing is full of preservatives and chemicals.
If you don’t need salad dressing, don’t add it.
To drink, go with the 12 oz unsweetened iced tea.
If you need a dessert, stick with the oatmeal raisin cookie.
Here is your order for the healthiest meal at KFC:
If you look at the macronutrient breakdown of this meal, it’s pretty good.
But once again, I’m not excited about the ingredients that are added to these foods.
Let’s move on to the bad stuff, because I have to admit, there are a lot of bad food items on the KFC menu.
If you want to eat the unhealthiest foods at KFC, order the:
Oh, and lets not forget about the beverage, a 30oz Code Red Mountain Dew.
And don’t be fooled if you think the Tropicana Twister Orange drink is any healthier.
Just like all the other sodas, it’s loaded with sugar.
Here is your order for the worst meal at KFC:
Based on the macronutrient breakdown of this meal, it’s way out of whack.
Plus, the 3,560mg of sodium is more than you need in an entire day.
These were the healthiest and worst foods on the KFC menu analyzed.
If you’re looking for the healthiest foods on the KFC menu, stick with the grilled chicken breast, side salad, and green beans.
And stay away from the absolutely crazy 1,850 calorie meal.
If you’re thinking the KFC sandwiches are any healthier, they’re not.
These are the types of unhealthy ingredients that are going to increase fat all over your body, especially belly fat.
This will ultimately take you further away from Living Lean.
One other thing about KFC.
You have to give KFC a thumbs up for being transparent about sharing the ingredients in the food.
Plus, KFC doesn’t have trans fats in any of their foods, so that is a good thing.
So that’s it.
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