Are you a wing eater? If so, you might want to reconsider. Chicken wings have very little bang for their proverbial buck. Let’s think about the appeal of them. If they weren’t breaded and deep fried, would you eat these boney, fatty appendages?
McDonald’s 5-count Mighty Wings (about 5 ounces) are 480 calories! Breaking it down that’s almost a fourth of a 2000 calorie day with 280 calories (31 grams of fat) coming from unhealthy fats. There are 1450 millligrams of sodium which is about 65 % of the recommended daily allowance for healthy people under the age of 45. For people a little older and for those who may have heart issues, that’s close to 100% of the daily sodium allowance. The combination of salt and fat in these wings is a dangerous weapon to the heart! Patient’s who have had bariatric surgery in Mississippi or Louisiana need to be eating foods that are high in protein, low in fat, and modest in added sugars and salt. The only thing mighty in these wings is the fat and sodium content.
If you’re not convinced yet, here’s a little more information that should make you re-consider McDonald’s Mighty Wings: These wings are fried in fully hydrogenated oil that is treated with TBHQ (a petroleum derivative) and Dimethylopolysiloxane (an antifoaming type of silicone additive that’s not considered toxic but also used in Silly Putty). Another point to note is that the UK doesn’t use these potentially harmful additives in their chicken.
Before you grab a snack of unhealthy finger foods, consider other heart healthy, waistline-friendly options. Yogurt, fruit or almonds can provide the nutrients you need as well as offer sources of protein and iron. At the Surgical Specialists of LA and MS, our licensed nutritionists can help develop meal and snack plans that will meet your needs.