Kentucky Fried Chicken is in the new this week because they are going to begin offering grilled chicken instead of fried chicken.
The fast food group said its grilled chicken has between 60 and 180 calories and three to nine grams of fat compared with fried chicken which typically contains between 130 and 360 calories and eight to 24 grams of fat. The grilled chicken will be priced at a similar level to fried chicken, KFC said.
"This great tasting product will help KFC continue to evolve and increase our relevance among consumers looking for nonfried menu options," said KFC President Gregg Dedrick.
Notice how theycleverly said "nonfried" option and did not say "healthy" options.
While the grilled chicken will not be fried and have less fat and less saturated fat, the amounts of fat and saturated fat will still be way to high as will the amounts of sodium in the grilled chicken. Remember, something is not healthy just because it has less fat or less aturated fat. Something is healthy because as a total food package, it is healthy and meets all the recommended guidelines. The grilled chicken will still not be healthy item.
Now, many of us know that chicken (grilled or fried) is not healthy, but these same marketing principles of promoting unehalthy food as healthy food does still effect us.
While the restaurant industry claims they offer plenty of healthy choices and people just need to order them, doing so, and knowing which ones are the healthiest seems impossible to do.
The California Center For Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) recently conducted a poll of 523 people, to see if they could pick the healthiest food on a restaurant menu. Four menu items from popularrestaurants were presented and the respondents had to pick the ones which were lowest in fat, calories and salt.
None, of the respondents answered all four questions correctly and 68% failed all of the questions.
Less than 1% answered three of the four questions correctly and education and income level of the respondents had no impact. Even the executive director of the CCPHA, Dr Harold Goldstein, who has a doctorate in public health, failed the quiz.
It is actually simple when you step back and understand what is going on.
In spite of all the hype of healthier foods, when you look at restaurant menus, they still mostly all offer the same junk food that they have been offering for years, but with fancier names and descriptions.
Restaurant food is still loaded with calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar, yet low in total nutrient density.
A recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest analyzed the food at Chinese restaurants, which many people think of as "healthy". These foods were loaded with calories, fat, cholesterol, salt and sugar.
But the real health foods have never changed. These are the same ones that have been around for ages. The ones our grandparents would recognize as "food".
They are the fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, starchy vegetables. Minimally processed and simply prepared.
Don’t be fooled by restaurant promotions of unhealthy foods. It should take a rocket scientist to figure out what to eat, or what to order.