So you’re boycotting KFC because you think its extra-meaty Double Down sandwich (two chicken breasts, hold the buns) is nasty. But you’re running late and need food now. You opt for a healthy option at Burger King — a salad (the Tendercrisp Garden Salad, to be exact). Not so fast, McFoodie. The Consumerist has a list of 10 fast food items that are worse for you than the Double Down, and three of them happen to be faux-healthy salads.
The Double Down’s nutrition line is surprisingly low: 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. Not surprisingly, the numbers are being disputed, but if you believe KFC, the Double Down is healthier than:
- Burger King’s Tendercrisp Garden Salad (670 calories, 45 grams fat, 1,740 milligrams sodium)
- Wendy’s Chicken BLT Salad with Honey Dijon Dressing (720 calories, 51 grams fat, 1,540 milligrams sodium)
- Wendy’s Southwest Taco Salad with ranch dressing and tortilla strips (640 calories, 36 grams fat, 1,590 milligrams sodium)
But let’s not be fooled, the Double Down is still a gross symbol of our meat-addicted culture and a blatant play on the notion that meat-eating is masculine.
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