KFC Grilled Chicken: Unthink Your Health!

May 8th, 2009

KFC Grilled ChickenKentucky Fried Chicken recently announced it’s grilled chicken meal and has started an advertising campaign aimed to promote it as a healthy choice. The ads ask you to “Unthink what you thought about KFC.” If you fall for this clever slogan, the only thing you’ll be unthinking is your health!

KFC Grilled Chicken Ingredients

Fortunately for us, and unfortunately for KFC, the ingredients of their food is available on their website. Here’s what’s in KFC’s Grilled Chicken:

Fresh Chicken Marinated With Salt, Sodium Phosphate, and Monosodium Glutamate. Seasoned With: Maltodextrin, Salt, Bleached Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil, Monosodium Glutamate, Spice, Palm Oil, Natural Flavor, Garlic Powder, Soy Sauce (Soybean, Wheat, Salt), Chicken Fat, Chicken Broth, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Extractives of Turmeric, Dehydrated Carrot, Onion Powder, and Not More Than 2% Each of Calcium Silicate and Silicon Dioxide Added As Anticaking Agents.

Maltodextrin: The very first ingredient, which means it’s also the most abundant ingredient, is sugar! Among the many problems associated with sugar, it suppresses your immune system, promotes imbalance of intestinal flora, causes blood sugar fluctuation which can lead to diabetes, promotes weight gain, can cause neurotransmitter imbalance that leads to depression, and can even lead to addiction.

Salt: While natural sea salt is an essential part of good health, the highly refined table salt that KFC most likely uses contains unhealthy additives, is stripped of it’s magnesium and trace minerals, and is bleached to hide the discoloration caused by the processing. Refined table salt is associated with heavy metal toxicity, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, and kidney problems.

Bleached Wheat Flour: Flour is a highly refined source of carbohydrates that causes many of the same problems as sugar. Furthermore, many people have issues digesting wheat and anyone who is gluten intolerant may be in for a surprise if they eat KFC’s chicken thinking that it’s gluten free.

Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oil: Here’s where things start to get ugly. Cottonseed oil and soybean oil are vegetable oils that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Although omega-6 is an essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the human body and must be part of our diet, it must also be consumed in an approximately equal ratio to omega-3 fatty acids. The typical modern diet is much too high in omega-6 fatty acids and the imbalance this causes is associated with all kinds of problems including heart disease, cancer and impaired brain function.

Soy isn’t healthy under any conditions because it contains substances such as phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that interfere with mineral absorption and protein digestion. It also contains phytoestrogens which mimic estrogen in the human body. In addition, a frightening amount of soy is genetically engineered and is typically sprayed with more chemicals than most other crops. While organic soy eliminates the problems associated with genetic engineering and toxic chemicals, It’s extremely unlikely for KFC to be using organic ingredients.

As if soybean oil and cottonseed oil aren’t bad enough in their own right, they’re made to be much worse through partial hydrogenation. Through this process, these oils are exposed to extreme temperatures, mixed with metal particles, and bombarded with hydrogen atoms. The result is a highly refined, deformed and unnatural molecule that’s commonly referred to as trans fat and is associated with many serious diseases and health disorders including heart disease and cancer. Even the often misguided mainstream media suggests that you avoid trans-fat like the plague.

Monosodium Glutamate: If you don’t recognize this ingredient, it may sound more familiar to you as MSG. This unnatural flavor enhancer is a neurotoxin that kills brain cells by overstimulating them. It’s commonly regarded as one of the most dangerous food additives in existence and is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and learning disabilities. Even the FDA acknowledges a long list of symptoms that it can cause shortly after consuming it.

Autolyzed yeast, another ingredient in KFC’s grilled chicken, also contains MSG.

Chicken Fat and Beef Fat: Coming from a healthy and naturally raised animal, these fats are highly nutritious. Despite the misconception that saturated fat causes heart disease, they make up a significant portion of cell membranes and are therefore vital to proper cell function. They also support the immune system and the detoxification system. However, because chemical toxins are often diverted from vital organs and stored in body fat, especially in factory farmed animals, the chicken and beef fat used by KFC is likely to be highly toxic.

What About the Chicken Itself?

KFC has been under fire for quite some time because of the factory farming used to produce their chicken. Undercover investigators, including investigators from PETA, have reported horrendous conditions at these farms. According to their observations, the animals were packed in warehouses with very little room to move, were completely deprived of sunlight, and were so weak and deformed that they could barely function well enough to eat and drink. There were even cases of the farm employees torturing the animals for no other purpose than their own twisted enjoyment.

Without a doubt, factory farming is bad news. If the animal cruelty isn’t enough to turn your stomach, then the poor quality of the meat should be. These animals are fed the cheapest feed available which is likely to contain toxic grain that has failed inspection for human consumption and can also contain fillers such as sawdust, newspaper, and cardboard. They’re also typically fed antibiotics on a regular basis to compensate for the unhealthy conditions they’re forced to live in and are given hormones to accelerate their growth. Whenever you eat food that’s derived from an animal, you’re also eating what the animal ate, and this includes the pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, sawdust, newspaper and cardboard that they were fed.

The Reality of Eating Out

If you want to enjoy excellent health, you have to accept the fact that nearly all restaurant food is unhealthy. Unless you know for sure that the restaurant serves organic food and gets it from reputable sources, you’re likely to get a plate full of food that is low in nutrients and high in toxins.

While there’s obviously a big difference between fried chicken wings and grilled chicken served with vegetables, it’s important to realize that even whole foods can pose a risk to your health if they’re not from a quality source. In general, local restaurants with a strong reputation are more likely to serve higher quality food. While it may not be organic, it will certainly be better than anything you’d typically find in a chain or fast food restaurant.

Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy

The main point of this article is to help you recognize the deception of corporate marketing and realize that restaurant food is rarely healthy. Based on this, you should be preparing the majority of your meals yourself with high quality organic foods and should avoid restaurant food as much as possible. However, you don’t have to be obsessive about it. Most of us enjoy eating out, especially to socialize with friends, and it’s healthy to do so on occasion. Just make sure you stick to the 80/20 rule and do it in moderation.

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