This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce.
This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun! The Double Down comes in two versions – Original Recipe® or Grilled and the nutrition information is below.
Caloric Content from KFC website.
|KFC Original Recipe® Double Down||540||32 g||1380 mg|
|KFC Grilled Double Down||460||23 g||1430 mg|
To get this out of the way, I haven’t eaten a Double Down. I probably will and I’ll probably like it. But there are so many much tastier ways to clog your arteries that it’s not high on the priority list (talking about McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Sandwich).
So instead, let’s start with the Double Down’s calorie count: 540 calories for the crispy “Original Recipe” version and 460 for a grilled variant. Those seem like big numbers, but by fast food standards, they’re pretty mild: Calorie counts for burgers are even higher like 1,350 for a Wendy’s Triple Baconator. Even the humble Big Mac, a lightweight by modern standards, contains 540 calories, exactly the same number as the Double Down.
But calorie counts are overrated. We all need to eat, to the tune of about 2,500 calories per day for a healthy adult. It’s not the calories so much as what you do with them. Are you getting a lot of fat, cholesterol, and sodium? Or lots of fiber and vitamins instead?
Here, the Double Down’s credentials are more impressive.
- Those 540 calories contain 145 milligrams of cholesterol (more than twice that of the Big Mac which almost half of our daily allowance).
- Along with 1,380 milligrams of sodium (research says we should not exceed no more than 2,400 per day)
- Lastly, 32 grams of fat. So, for getting only about one-quarter of the calories that you need in a day, you’re exhausting about half your budget of “bad stuff”.
So what? Dive in! Just regulate!