We’re no fans of fast food here. But the sad truth is that many Americans eat several meals a week in “Quick Serve Restaurants”. We recently got pitched by Burger King’s PR department and were hoping to learn of new healthy options. Alas, no:
The advent of 2013 has brought seven new flavorful menu options available at BURGER KING® for guests to enjoy, including juicy premium white meat Chicken Nuggets in a crispy tempura-style batter (Offered in four, six, 10 or 20-piece servings at $1, $1.99 and $2.69 respectively with the 20-piece serving at just $4.29 starting January 7th)
We peeked at BK’s nugget information, and decide to compare to the market leader, McDonald’s.
From a nutrient perspective, they are quite similar. A serving of 4 nuggets is 190 calories, contains 8-10 grams of protein, and 360-400mg of sodium (17% of the daily max). neither has any fiber.
When it comes to ingredients, neither product has a stellar list. But BK appears to have less of the controversial ingredients.
BK Nuggets: Boneless chicken breast with rib meat, water, isolated oat product, potato starch, seasoning (modified corn starch, salt, maltodextrin, yeast extract, chicken stock, flavors, wheat starch, dextrose, propylene glycol and citric acid), salt, sodium phosphates. BATTERED WITH: Water, yellow corn flour, wheat flour, wheat starch, salt, leavening (sodium bicarbonate, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), dextrose, spice. BREADED WITH: Wheat flour, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate), spices, salt. Breading set in vegetable oil.
McDonald’s McNuggets: White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid], sodium phosphate, natural flavor (botanical source). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
So does this mean we recommend eating BK nuggets? No. But in the rare case that you are stuck without any food options and need to choose between Burger King or McDonald’s, you are now equipped with the knowledge to choose the lesser of two evils…