Nutrition & Diet Coach

Peggy Korody North San Diego Registered Dietitian

Hand breaded Carl’s JR.

Written By: Peggy Korody - Jan• 25•11

OK, I have to say it is difficult for me to watch some TV commercials.  The latest that has perked my interest is the Carl’s Jr. “hand breaded chicken tenders”.  I feel the ad is trying to give the impression that this product must be healthier because it is hand breaded!  Well let’s look at the facts: for the 5 piece hand breaded chicken tenders: 560 calories (on a 2,000 calorie/day diet that is more than 1/4 of your daily intake), 280 calories from fat or 31 grams total fat (you get about 62 grams/day), and 1930 mg/sodium (you get 2,000/day).  So after looking at the details, hand breading does not equal healthy, still too high in sodium, fat, and calories.  As a suggestion, why not try the Original Chicken Salad, for just 270 calories, 9 grams fat, and 780 mg sodium (still too high, but better).  Not only will you eat less calories, fat and sodium, but you will get extra fiber and nutrients from the vegetables in the salad.  Let me know what you think….

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