Posted: 11:26 am Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
By Susan Salisbury
The sandwich uses two boneless chicken breasts as the bun. In between are two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel’s Sauce.
It’s the Louisville, Ky.-based chain’s first sandwich with no bread. What it does have is a whopping 1,380 milligrams of salt, about 60 percent of a day’s recommended supply.
KFC must not be aware of the current war against sodium, blamed as a major culprit in the nation’s batttle with hypertension and heart disease. Major food companies such Campbell’s, ConAgra and Pepsico have announced sodium cutbacks over the last few months.
“Nutritionally, the Double Down Sandwich is about the same as a Big Mac—but saltier. Chicken can be a perfectly good food; why ruin it by adding cheese, bacon, and salt?” said Michael Jacobson, executive director, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D.C.
The Double Down, with 540 calories, 32 grams of fat, with 10 grams of that saturated fat, 11 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 145 milligrams of cholesterol and 53 grams of protein will be available for only six weeks.
There is also a version available that uses grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken breasts.
Get it while you can for $5. The combo meal, with fries and a soft drink is $6.99.
The company said it doesn’t usually publicize a product before it arrives at restaurants.
“We expect Double Down to be in great demand when it becomes available on April 12,” Javier Benito, KFC’s executive vice president of marketing and food innovation, said in a statement, “and we want fans to have time to arrange their schedules in advance for a visit to KFC to try this legendary sandwich.”
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