Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gluttony at it's Most Extreme: KFC's Double Down "Sandwich"

Source: The Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

Wait a minute, what do you mean it has no bread? I thought it was called a sandwich?...No folks, this is no conventional sandwich. This particular fast-food offering is the latest addition to the revolt against healthy eating and the latest assault on the arteries of the unfortunate (or lucky, depending on what side you're on!) individuals who consume them.

The KFC Double Down sandwich is made up of bacon, cheese and sauce, all melted and squished between two slabs of breaded, fried chicken. Oh and don't forget the sodium. Lots and lots of sodium. This puppy clocks in at a whopping 540 calories, 32 grams of fat and 1380 mg sodium (more than you need in an entire day). According to some food bloggers, the previous sandwich to beat in terms of gluttony was Wendy's Baconator, loaded with multiple beef patties, cheese, and (you guessed it) - bacon. Not to mention a marked lack of bright veggie colours all swimming in a sea of beige and fat. The same bloggers agree that in order to 'one up' KFC's Double Down, one would probably have to serve up a fried ball of cheese, bacon and beef. Wait - don't those already exist?

According to some food experts, it almost seems as though the food industry is creating these products as experiments merely for entertainment purposes, as they clearly aren't good for anything else. Don't get too excited about all this, though - the Double Down is not currently available in Canada (Oh thank God!!).

Check out the article called "Forget healthy – KFC’s Double Down revels in glorious gluttony" from The Globe and Mail (Apr. 13, 2010) and scroll down to feast your eyes on one of the most ridiculous commercials you may ever see.