Chick-fila Sides: Uncovered

Chick-fila. Gotta love them! šŸ˜‰ Healthy eating? Or is it…?

My investigation into their sides came from a comment my Dad made to me about choosing to eat the Cole Slaw over the fries because it’s a healthier option. I really wasn’t too sure about that. Salads can be full of hidden unhealthy stuff, all wrapped up into a cut little package called “salad.” Salad does not equal healthy!

But I had to check out the sides at Chick-fila to find out if Cole Slaw was really a healthier option to fries.

Here’s the breakdown:

File:ChickFilA-Fries.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaMedium Waffle Fries

Ingredient list: Potatoes, vegetable oil (canola oil, palm oil), disodium dihydrogen pyrophosphate (to promote color retention), dextrose, canola oil (canola oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent added)

  • 390 calories
  • 20 g fat
  • 3 g saturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 3 g fiber
  • 0 g sugar
  • 4 g protein
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • 150 mg sodium

Medium Cole Slaw

Ingredient List: Cabbage, coleslaw dressing (soybean oil, sugar, water, distilled vinegar, egg yolk, salt, cider vinegar, lemon juice concentrate, spices [including mustard seed], dehydrated garlic, calcium disodium EDTA added to protect flavor, natural flavor), carrots.

  • 360 calories
  • 31 g fat
  • 5 g saturated fat
  • 0 g trans fat
  • 3 g fiber
  • 16 g sugar
  • 20 mg cholesterol
  • 280 g sodium

(Information taken from Chick-fila)

I am NOT promoting eating Chick-fila, but I feel like my find was worth a blog post. Fries are bad for you (duh!), but actually the Cole Slaw just might be worse for you than fries! The reason why the Cole Slaw is a “diet killer” is found in the dressing. Sliced cabbage would be a great addition to a chicken sandwich but unfortunately the cabbage is swimming in dressing and takes something healthy and makes it unhealthy.

So, what to eat for a side at Chick-fila? (…if you have to eat there….)

A side salad or fruit salad.

The carrot raisin salad would be a third option, but I have a really hard time promoting something that has mayo and high fructose corn syrup in it!

Happy Eating!
Kelly

 

 

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