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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-04-21 06:00
Subject: [food] Facing off with the KFC Double Down
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Here at this blog, we subject ourselves to heinous tortures and food crimes so you don't have to.

Today's edition of "Where's Jay's Cardiologist" is brought to you by the KFC Double Down. This is perhaps the most American of sandwiches, reinvented without any bread whatsoever! Yes, 540 calories of carb-free goodness...

The Double Down lurking in its lair, like a rabid weasel after a night huffing duct sealant with disbarred sorority sisters:


I bravely attack the vicious beast, throwing myself on the altar of the crunchy-fried-brown food group:


Wounded, the Double Down retreats into its crispy shell:


With God as my witness, I shall never eat another one of those damned things again, but it truth, it wasn't that bad. About like eating a plate of chicken tenders with cheese sauce and bacon. Mmm...bacon. If you like crunchy, salty, fried things, this may be nirvana. If you like your arteries free-flowing, not so much with the Double Down.

A nutritional disaster? Sure. Still, quintessentially American to the point of wretched excess, and rather tasty to boot. My inner twelve-year old was all over it. I think the noise I heard as I bit into it was my cardiologist shrieking.

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She's the Blade: medigital
User: hercurvestofear
Date: 2010-04-21 13:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That sandwich frightens me. I am so curious about it and I am terrified if I try it I will like it. lol
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Little and foxy and sexy... what more do you want?
User: little_foxy
Date: 2010-04-21 13:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
that looks truly terrifying....
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Sean P. Fodera
User: delkytlar
Date: 2010-04-21 14:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tell your cardiologist that it could be worse. It could be two fried steaks with bacon and cheese.

:: What's that? McDonald's is on the phone making an offer for my new recipe? ::
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User: cathshaffer
Date: 2010-04-21 14:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You know what? That sandwich is not really so bad. A breakfast of pancakes, syrup, butter, bacon and a side of orange juice will run you a thousand calories or more. My favorite "healthy lunch" is a Qdoba naked steak burrito with guac, and that's 680 calories. Yes, the double down has a lot of fat and salt, but it's no worse than, say, two slices of pepperoni pizza. How many journalists and bloggers have made a big deal out of two slices of pepperoni pizza? The double down has about half your daily recommended allowance of fat and salt, so what is the actual problem with it? Have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast and a salad for dinner, and you will be on a healthy, weight reducing diet. My biggest worry about a meal like this is the frying oil used to make the chicken. Now that most restaurants are using polyunsaturated vegetable oils to be "heart healthy," there is a good chance that there are toxic/carcinogenic compounds in it from oxidation of the carbon double bonds in the fat. Saturated animal fat is much more stable in the presence of heat, which is why you can reuse animal fat, but should never reuse vegetable frying fats. I haven't found a comfortable way to inspect restaurant kitchens and see what kind of fats they are using and how they use them, but I love delicious fried food, so I haven't dealt with this myself.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: mythbusters adam mayhem
User: matociquala
Date: 2010-04-21 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:mythbusters adam mayhem
Or, if you prefer, a white-meat 2-piece chicken and biscuit with a small mashed potatoes (and no drink) comes to...

960 calories, more that 50% of that from fat, and...

...2,240 milligrams of sodium.

Now, I admit, I like my annual ye olde fried lizarde parttes fix. But the Double Down is the healthier choice.

If that thing were on a bun, nobody would notice.
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2010-04-21 15:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I can make that for you. And it will actually taste good.
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ubiquitous_a: WW-Toby-Tempt
User: ubiquitous_a
Date: 2010-04-21 14:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Actually, it reminds me a little of this:

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it's a great life, if you don't weaken: criminal minds reid eat
User: matociquala
Date: 2010-04-21 14:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:criminal minds reid eat
Actually, it's better for you than a whopper with cheese....


Alas for the Atkins crowd, I think the breading counts.

Edited at 2010-04-21 03:06 pm (UTC)
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User: mcjulie
Date: 2010-04-21 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I was surprised by two things about this. One, is that it didn't appear during the height of the Atkins craze a few years ago. Two, is that the worst thing about its nutritional profile is actually the sodium content.

Well, that and the complete lack of vegetables.

I guess that's what makes this "decadent" rather than "Atkins-friendly." The Atkins version would be wrapped in a lettuce leaf.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2010-04-21 16:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Luckily, the breading and the cheese put it eternally off limits to me due to allergies. However, the grease would probably cause Nasty Stuff to happen to my gut--if I could even choke it down.

Bacon on its own, however...happy sigh.
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User: catjuggling
Date: 2010-04-21 16:13 (UTC)
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A few years ago Jack In the Box had a commerical about a fake focus group for the Ultimate cheeseburger "cheese, meat, cheese, cheese, meat, cheese" and the focus group questioned why you would have a bun. My favorite quote was "Bun not meat or cheese!"

Jack bursts into the room going "Without a bun your hand would just be covered with meat and melted cheese!"

The group just nods, smiling.

"Ok, we'll look into it."

And now, the prophecy has come full circle.
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gvdub: food
User: gvdub
Date: 2010-04-21 16:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jay, you're not really taking a culinary bullet for us until you track down and document the consumption of a hamdog.

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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-04-21 18:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's not taking a bullet, that's swallowing the whole damned clip.
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The NewroticGirl: cake
User: newroticgirl
Date: 2010-04-21 17:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
How does one get tickets to the next taping of Where's Jay's Cardiologist? ;)
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Max Kaehn: Eats
User: slothman
Date: 2010-04-21 17:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I tried one just to show my arteries who’s boss. Worth a try, but I think a bacon cheeseburger has a better flavor-to-naughtiness ratio.
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Morgan: ice cream
User: subu
Date: 2010-04-21 17:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:ice cream
That "sandwich" looks incredibly disturbing to me. I like that it's carb-free, but...seems odd that they replaced the bread with chicken and then placed some other highly fattening items in between. I guess it's not really odd for KFC. I'd end up tearing it apart and eating it bit by bit, though.
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User: valarltd
Date: 2010-04-21 20:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
2 pieces of chicken, a single slice of cheese and 2 slices of bacon. I'm not disturbed.

It's a lot like an Alice Springs Chicken from Outback, only without the green onions and honey mustard.
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shelly_rae: Raspberry Almond Tart
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2010-04-21 17:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Raspberry Almond Tart
Oh my, the things you eat. Also with the breading on the fried chicken? Not so carb-free--low carb maybe--but not carb-free.

Glad it made you happy while you ate it. I'm all over that sort of thing. But then I might regret it later.
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User: nolly
Date: 2010-04-21 19:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The grilled version should be carb-free.
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