Chick-Fil-A Comes Under Fire For Suggesting People 'Diet' With Their Nuggets

| by Zara Zhi
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Chick-fil-A has come under fire for suggesting that their customers should eat a chicken nugget diet.

The takeout bag for the fast-food chain listed their “great ideas for healthier living” and advised people to “eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled chicken nuggets) every three to four hours.”

Though, Chick-fil-A also recommends customers exercise more, particularly if they're going to “splurge during the day.”

Unsurprisingly, the chain recommends sticking to the grilled option instead of the crispy nuggets.

But their grilled chicken isn’t exactly a healthy option either, according to Daily Mail.

According to Chick-fil-A's nutrition facts, a single serving of eight grilled nuggets contains 140 calories and 23 grams of protein.

Nonetheless, one serving also contains 530 mg of sodium and eating them every few hours would max out the suggested 2,300 mg of daily sodium limit per day.

Alissa Rumsey, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told CBS News that “it is not something I'd recommend on a daily basis.”

"While it is high protein and lower calorie, it is a highly processed product that falls short on many nutrients including fiber, vitamins and minerals," she told CBS News. "Plus each serving of the nuggets provides about 20 percent of the sodium most people need in a day."

Chick-fil-A's diet recommendations seem to be exploiting the popularity of nibbling on several smaller meals throughout the day, instead of eating three big meals.

But if you do choose to graze, be discriminating. "Eating every few hours can be beneficial for one's body, though it should be healthy food choices and not just anything you grab," senior clinical dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital, Kristi King, told CBS News.

Sources: Daily Mail, CBS News / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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