Monday, April 26, 2010

Save the Double Downs!

believe it or not, this is the 3rd time I've used this pic

So a couple weeks ago KFC blessed us with a little thing called the Double Down. If you're not familiar with the Double Down it's basically a chicken sandwich where the chicken has been replaced with Bacon and Cheese and the bread has been replaced with fried chicken. Why would anyone do that? Because this is America, we don't have time for meatless buns.

As you might expect the media has had a field day with this most American of Inventions. Depending on who you were listening to, the Double Down is either a sign of the Apocalypse or the reason the Taliban hates our freedom. Of course what everyone fails to recognize is that it's just another fast food sandwich, and an unremarkable one when you actually look at it's nutritional stats.

Here's a quick little graph that compares the amount of fat, sodium and cholesterol that are in the Double Down to other fast food staples using the Double Down as a base.

chart via FiveThirtyEight

Sure the double down is definitely on the heart attack side of this bell curve (yes I know it's not a real bell curve), but there are about a dozen other sandwiches/burgers that are worse for you than the Double Down. Hell the Wendy's Baconator is pure evil weighing in at the equivalent of 2.45 Double Downs and you I don't remember any special reports on the Quizno's Baja Chicken (btw Aryn, you can't order that anymore).

What's my point? Don't listen to anyone on TV. They're all lying to you, especially Mel Kiper Jr.




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