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KFC’s Double Down is a Nutritional Russian Roulette

While KFC in India is launching a “So Veg So Good” marketing campaign, KFC locations in the United States have resurrected one of its least healthful menu items to date—the Double Down.

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This sandwich features bacon, cheese, and sauce crammed between two breaded chicken filets. The Physicians Committee has upped the ante by issuing KFC a SICK Award for gambling with customers’ health.

The Original Recipe Double Down contains 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, and 1,380 milligrams of sodium. As evidenced in a new report, the extreme amounts of cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium in the Double Down can lead to heart disease and hypertension.

During the sandwich’s initial 2010 launch, Physicians Committee dietitians wrote to David C. Novak, chairman of Yum! Brands, Inc., the company that owns KFC, requesting that the item receive a warning label regarding the high fat content.

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When it comes to taking risks with your well-being, there is a 0.0007 percent chance of dying while skydiving. However, one in every four deaths is caused by heart disease, and more than 30 percent of Americans obese.

Those are some poor odds. Health-conscious customers can tweet their concerns @KFC on Twitter.

Breakfast of Chumps

Rather than working to further distinguish itself from the burger-slinging joints, Taco Bell has leapt into a seemingly industry-wide competition to turn breakfast into the worst meal of the day.

Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu launched last month, though the company had been hyping up certain items for weeks—especially the Waffle Taco and the A.M. Crunchwrap. Meanwhile, Dunkin’ Donuts launched its portable-but-not-potable Eggs Benedict Sandwich. McDonald’s is considering extended breakfast hours and has been offering free coffee to lure customers.

Taco Bell’s sausage A.M. Crunchwrap clocks in at 710 calories, 46 g of total fat, 14 g of saturated fat, and 135 mg of cholesterol. Breakfast should wake you up—not send you spinning into a nutritional nightmare!

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Then there’s the Waffle Taco, which Taco Bell considers its breakfast coup d’état. It’s a waffle folded around a sausage patty, egg, and cheese. The Waffle Taco looks like something that can stain your shirt and clog your arteries at the same time.

With 370 calories, 23 g of total fat, 7 g of saturated fat, and 115 mg of cholesterol, the sausage Waffle Taco will certainly leave its mark on your waistline.

PCRM has deemed Taco Bell the April recipient of its SICK (Social Irresponsibility towards Consumers and Kids) Award because of its marketing of these new high-cholesterol items. Presented to companies that heavily promote unhealthful foods, the SICK Award highlights the role marketing plays in America’s nutrition crisis.

So what can you do on those busy mornings when you don’t have time to cook? Try making a big pot of oatmeal at the start of the week and dish it out in travel-sized containers. Or if you’re at Taco Bell, try the bean burrito. You can order it “Al Fresco” and reduce the fat by swapping the dairy for pico de gallo.

Fast food doesn’t have to be bad food!

The Shameful Sham of Shamrock Shakes

Every March, McDonald’s releases its Shamrock Shake in dubious honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This dairy-and-syrup-heavy minty green beverage is supposed to make the month extra-festive. However, with 12 grams of saturated fat, nearly a quarter of your daily maximum cholesterol, and 660 calories, shake guzzlers will need the luck o’ the Irish to keep the jig in their step afterwards.

Using chemical coloring and corn syrup to make a high-cholesterol dairy item match the month’s color scheme? It’s enough to make a banshee wail! There are so many naturally green foods that are actually good for you. Green apples, kale, broccoli, pistachios, honeydew melon, kiwis—they all create a nutritional pot of gold.

With dairy’s connection to certain cancers, don’t try your luck with the Shamrock Shake. Instead, start spring off on the right foot with our Green Goddess Smoothie. Or for a more decadent treat, check out The Edgy Veg’s Vegan Mint Milkshake!

Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Smoothie

Makes 5 1-cup servings

1 orange, peeled
1 cup grapes
1 banana
1 pear, cored
1 cup soy, almond, or rice milk
2 cups fresh kale or spinach
ice cubes (optional)

Place all ingredients in the blender for 1 minute, or until desired smoothness is achieved.

Add ice cubes, if using, and process further to desired temperature.

Per 1-cup serving:

  • Calories: 110
  • Fat: 1.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
  • Calories from Fat: 8.5%
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Protein: 3.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5 g
  • Sugar: 14.9 g
  • Fiber: 3.8 g
  • Sodium: 36 mg
  • Calcium: 99 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Vitamin C: 33.1 mg
  • Beta Carotene: 2464 mcg
  • Vitamin E: 1.2 mg

Source: Katherine Lawrence, owner of www.plantbasedhealth.com