Whoever invented chicken wing dishes is a genius. Those boney, meat-scarce and fatty appendages to the bird would have gone to waste had not someone thought of breading, deep frying, and making it acceptable to eat with your hands in public.
McDonald’s is now offering its version, dubbed Mighty Wings.
Let’s take a peek under the hood, shall we?
You can choose a 3, 5, or 10 count. Which do you think is the most popular size?
Let’s look at the 5 count, which is about 5 ounces. It has 480 calories, almost a quarter of a 2000 calorie day, for finger food that most likely won’t count as a single meal.
Here’s the fat breakdown: 60% of the calories (280) come from fat! Of the 31 grams of fat, 7 grams are saturated. That’s one third of the daily allowance.
Salt? 1450mg of sodium, which is close to 65% of the recommended daily maximum for healthy people under the age of 45. For older folks and people with heart issues or other disease, that’s just about 100% of the daily sodium allowance.
All this is before you dip the wings in ketchup, mayo, or other sauces.
On to the ingredient list:
Chicken Wing Sections, Water, Salt, Rice Starch, Sodium Phosphates, Spice Extractives, Maltodextrin, Extractives of Garlic and Onion. Battered and Breaded with: Water, Bleached Wheat Flour, Wheat Flour, Modified Food Starch, Yellow Corn Flour, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Rice Flour, Spices, Spice Extractives, Extractives of Paprika, Sugar, Onion Powder, Yeast, Xanthan Gum. 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.
Did you notice that the wings are fried in fully hydrogenated oil, that is treated with controversial chemicals TBHQ and Dimethylpolysiloxane?
The combination of salt and fat in this food is a sure fire way to wreak havoc on your heart. Thank goodness the wings are a pricey menu item ($6 for a 5 count). Besides saving your cardiac health, saving money is also good motivator to keep people away from this dish.
Are you a wing eater?