Three pieces of fried chicken and a full portion of chips
Saturated Fat 15g
= 3 Unbalanced Meals
- Three pieces of fried chicken with a full portion of chips is equivalent to more than three meals. The energy provided by this meal, is the total daily calorie allowance for a woman on a slimming diet.
- The crumb coating on the chicken pieces is equivalent to a whole slice of bread and together with the chips, the amount of starch provided is double what it should be.
- As chicken is a very concentrated source of protein, the protein content of this meal is more than three times the recommendation for a healthy meal.
- As with all takeaway foods, the sodium in this single meal provides all the sodium recommended for a day.
- Three battered chicken strips are equal to one chicken breast.
- A fried chicken wing and a drumstick are equivalent in nutritional value.
SMART CHOICE FRIED CHICKEN AND SALAD
One piece of fried chicken with a large tossed salad and no dressing
Saturated Fat 5g
= 1 Balanced Meal
OPTIMISING THE SMART CHOICE
- Choose one piece of chicken and to balance this meal, drop the chips and order a generous side salad with an oil-free dressing. Note that by not eating the chips, your fat consumption will be 60% less. Despite this, the fat in the meal is still above the recommendation of 15g per meal.
- Coleslaw is not a good salad choice as it adds a lot more fat to an already high-fat meal.
- For those not watching their weight, a small serving of mash or sweetcorn can be ordered with this meal.
Men can add either a second piece of chicken or a small side order of chips. Do not leave out the salad. The smart choice would be to have one piece of chicken with a large salad and a serving of mash or sweetcorn.