Friday Food: 55 Ingredients in Chick-fil-A Sandwich (& Friday Funnies)

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Happy Friday readers.

Okay – so for the past week, the Almighty Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich has been coming up in conversations.

Author, researcher, and social media foodie HERE – starting investigating the chicken sandwich at Chick-fil-A back in 2012 – and it has not improved since.

The Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich has 55 ingredients – not all of them are good ingredients and some will pull from your health – like the MSG- bad oils – gluten – the artificial food colorings that have heavy metals in them – yeah… this chicken sandwich is NOT a health-giving food. 

Credit – Food Babe: go HERE to read the full report

 

HOW DISMISSIVE WE ARE WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD WE LIKE

You know the old saying to “not” talk about politics, religion, money, etc. if you do not want tension? Well I am used to the classic topics causing havoc – and then in the last few years the topic of SUGAR consumption became controversial –  But now… the Chick-fil-A sandwich seems to be a TOUCHY topic.  Some people are down right defensive. 

I think I have hurt feelings when I spoke up about the ALIMIGHTY Chik-Fil-A chicken sandwich.

I never want to be a jerk – but I am GLAD I have spoken up – which is what this post is about!

 I am glad to speak up because maybe slowly it will trickle into the mind that what you eat impacts your wellness. Little things add up and make a difference. So I am glad to speak up and I hope folks will not be so quick to tear into the wrapper and indulge.

I hope people will think of Food Babe’s advice (HERE) or think of this post the next time they sit there smacking lips with each bite of that tasty hot, chemically-processed food item. An item they probably waiting in the drive-through lane to get…. where cars are backed up to the street like they are giving away food – yeah, Americans love these…

Chick-fil-A SANDWICH IS A FAIL – It might “taste” good and sedate you for a while, but THE quality of food is NOT worthy of an A – THEY GET an F

understand that it takes time to “see” truth – and Emily Dickinson reminded us that truth must come gradually or “every man blind.” 

It takes time to see that eating artificial colors adds up in the body (heavy metals accumulate and it hurts cells). Takes time to see that industrial oils used in food are bad oils that hurt the liver and move soybean, canola, and veg oil hurts you at the cellular level (it does) and these oils show up numerous times in the Chik-Fil-A sandwich. These bad oils, which include peanut oil and canola oil, are NOT real foods and they PULL from health.  These industrial oils – which include “vegetable oil” (don’t let the vegetable name fool you – it is still dead, rancid industrial oil). And you see, oils that are processed correlate with human body inflammation, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease. Yup. Oils that go through all that heat and processing end up with free radicals (and those are not good for you). And be careful because they sneak the bad oils into items. A friend just had a big bottle of “avocado oil” on her counter – but looking at the label we see it was 70% canola oil. ugh 

Want to get well?

Start with monitoring what you put in your mouth – because it does matter. 

And you know what is really funny to me is that we are quick to tell people to watch their “fat” intake or quick to say “go low on the salt” intake  – and yet we do not hear enough about removing BAD OILS, sugar, and chemicals from the diet. Oh no…. watch the so-called bad guys – which are actually good guys because fat and salts (in the right amount) feed your cells, allow for nutrient absorption, and build immunity. Fats, good oils, and salt feed your cells and help immune function because they are life-giving and supply resources for your organs, cells and tissues. In contrast, the processed crap – and especially sugar  – impede immune function – (sugar arrests immune function). This removing of chemicals, sugars, and bad oils from the diet becomes even more crucial for people who have autoimmune disorders, or for those who had cancer before. 

Want a Healthier Chicken Option

This takes less than three minutes to prepare. You buy free-range chicken thighs (they have more of the good fats) – rinsing is optional – and there was some big chat going on earlier this year about whether or not to rinse raw chicken (I guess that washing raw chicken before cooking it can increase the risk of food poisoning from campylobacter bacteria; however, not everyone agrees –  depends on how you clean up after rinsing the raw chicken). Anyhow, place the chicken in the pan – add your choice of spices and salt (like sea salt and cayenne pepper powder). Bake for 40 minutes (approx.) and then be prepared to enjoy crispy skin and moist meat that has no flour -no bad oils – no chemicals – just lots of good fat, protein, and flavor.
We sometimes just eat the skin off the top – while it is hot from the oven. Mmmmm.  Also, Do you know how easy it is to take one of these with you for a lunch or to grab as a healthy snack. Um, it is really easy.  And you can skip the drive through line where you have to pay all that money for food that is wrapped in coated paper, cooked in oils that are processed, and brings you chemical food.
Want to add an extra boost to your chicken enjoyment? Add some Kombucha (and you all know we love GT’s brand the most – no perks for saying this – but this is the only brand the hubs I drink). And guess what?- if you drink your BOOCH with some fat (like fatty meat) – you absorb more of the Polyphenols that are in the BOOCH. Polyphenols are micronutrients from plant-based foods and they are jam-packed with antioxidants and help treat digestion metabolism and circulation. And do you see that skin near the fork. That is the crunchy, salty, and life-giving deliciousness – and I wish I could let you try how delicious it is. It is also satisfying – where you feel full and nourished. That is the best way to feel. Let me remind you that sometimes when you crave foods or eat a tub of ice cream – it often means you NEEDED NUTRITION – it means you are hungry at the cellular level and chemical, processed food does not assuage this need. It leaves you wanting. 

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Thanks for letting me rant about that – whew.  

Let’s end with Friday Funnies

Here is a Chik-Fil-A funny:

And because Chik-Fil-A is noted as a certain type of Christian company ( I say “certain type” because please do not lump us all together) – anyhow, here is a comic that connects to that.

This next Friday Funny is for Profrifollies 4.9 (here):

 

 

Okay – so this is cheesy – but someone online said that this church does not have a nursery – guess they don’t need one.

BONUS FUNNY: 

Credit: bytes blog 🙂

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39 thoughts on “Friday Food: 55 Ingredients in Chick-fil-A Sandwich (& Friday Funnies)

    1. Hey there America on coffee – appreciate your comment (and posts) – and I think what really inspired this post was not really the “fast food angle” – but that was there of course – instead, it was how people tend to idolize this company as “better fast food” because it has Christian owners and it is closed on Sunday – and the folks are cheery and they have a prayer request box at some of the locations and workers say, “My pleasure” when taking your money – and then there is the LIE that white meat is better than red meat (when red meat – if grass fed- is very unique in the way it nourishes cells and tissue – )

      and my husband’s friend Amy (on facebook at The Good Life Architect ) recently made a video about this – which I saw after my post = and well – she is the one that noted how this Christian business is not putting out healthy food – and so the “food babe” is right on

      wishing you a good day 🙂

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  1. Not gonna lie..hated reading this. I love Chic Fil A but I rarely eat fried food so I don’t go there often. What do you think of coconut oil for cooking? My naturopathic doctor told me to start cooking my eggs this way but I’ve heard some people say it’s not good.

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    1. Hi – thanks for your comment –

      the research shows that coconut oil is awesome for health and ideal cooking – especially eggs – because it takes the high heat without getting all funky (olive oil can get funky). So I agree with your naturopath.
      🙂
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      The first time I heard about the positive benefits of using coconut oil for frying and cooking food – it was when I worked at this restaurant in Denver called the Melting Pot – (it is franchise place and you likely heard of it – and I am sure nothing like the European eateries you have been to))
      Some of these very astute regular customers would bring in their own coconut oil to cook with at their table. They told us all about the benefits – and we dismissed it. Goodness it is hard to break away from beliefs and opinions at times (and confirmation bias is real).

      I checked those customers off as being granola and maybe “hyper sensitive” – But now I see the dangers of the BAD oils.

      Check out Bullet Proof blog for more on oils –

      Oh and I am reading GENIUS FOOD by Max Lugavere
      he makes SO many great points – and he has a section on coconut oil that will make you lap the stuff up.

      I was going to post about it later this year ((and will let you know when I get to it)) but Max presented research that showed AGAIN how coconut oil helps offset symptoms of dementia – and how it is good for the brain and liver – and more.
      I could go on and on about this – but good fats and oils (like coconut oil) can also help to chelate metals from the body – just make sure the coconut oil is unrefined and organic (most is- but refined is no bueno) and we also use bacon fat – but we never use bacon with nitrates and nitrates (no bacon with any chemicals).
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      1. All good info. I went to this doctor to help me with sleep and the coconut oil with free range chicken eggs was one of the many things he recommended diet-wise. I still have trouble sleeping but I’ve come such a long way with diet modifications. I have heard of that book you’re reading but haven’t read it myself. Thanks for the thorough response to my question!

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    2. thanks for coming back to follow up – and I have been meaning to post about sleep -= and tips for helping it – so when I get to it I will come anklet you know – Hulda Clark and a few other shave some good tips for getting back to having good quality sleep

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    3. Hi again – I am going to make a post with a few tips I learned about sleep quality and stuff I learned from Hulda Clark –
      I will link you when I get around to making it – but it should be this month
      and wishing you a nice week my friend
      bonne nuit!
      🙂

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      1. I look forward to reading it and thank you for keeping me in mind. I feel like I’ve tried everything for quality sleep but sometimes I know it’s got to be the right combination of things to make a difference.

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    1. Hi Jill – thanks for chiming in – and good for you for not eating the food that does not give life. I have to admit we used to devour the stuff and I can’t go back so I just make good choices now.

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    1. thanks ally – wow – so you did not enjoy their chicken sandwich when you tired it?
      I used to like them “okay” – had my first ones at school in Colorado in 1993 – because this very generous company gave away lots of free meals and free sandwich coupons at Christian colleges – did not really eat them again until 2000s – more locations popped up and when boys played lacrosse – they had fundraisers for sports – thermal boxes chix sandwiches on the sidelines – pretty convenient – but I never felt that great after eating them

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  2. I stopped going to Chick-fil-A after their CEO Dan Cathy made his statements about same sex marriage back in 2012. I have no problem with what someone thinks, but to make a public proclamation where you offend a part of your customer base is wrong. So I just decided I wouldn’t spend my money there.

    That said, I eat fast food a handful of times a year- and by ‘handful, I say maybe eight to ten times a year. It’s a treat, not a habit. Because I agree with you, there are so many healthier alternatives that are every bit as tasty.

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    1. Hi sorryless – and sometimes we have to do what we have to do.

      On a road trip earlier this summer – I was about to dive in to some myself – but then I remembered I had “bone broth containers” for my sister – and one of them was mostly defrosted and had huge chunks of meat in it.
      I slowly gobbled it up and had lasting energy and a nourished feel – as opposed to a crash or retrungin hunger that can come from sone food.
      I might make bone broth with meat containers fir future trips.

      anyhow, there is a time and place for fast food – for sure – but right now I only eat “mezeh” which is Mediterranean and oh so good –

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      1. The homemade stuff is so much better. Fast food wins the day only because it’s convenient. I mean, people don’t even have to get out of their cars. But it’s really not worth it.

        I can make more succulent chicken, and I have scores of different recipes to choose from.

        I love that! Such a good idea, and yes, it goes so much farther.

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  3. I can understand this well. I am also not so comfortable when seeing names of chemicals in the ingredients or parts of. They may not be harmful but who knows. Chemicals can have such a long term effects i.e. slowly take effect in 10-20 years from now. I am not against any places in general but when I learn about this I start to become more cautious about foods there.

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  4. You had a rant alright but a perfectly valid one. It’s scary how many ingredients go in to fast-food, and scary how fresh ingredients free of preservatives are not usually one of them. Agree that bad food is so much more than just fatty food – and we do have to watch oils, sugar, preservatives and artificial colourings too (sometimes ‘natural’ colourings on food packaging is not really natural colourings at all).Your baked chicken looks delicious. So simple and easy to make fresh, as healthy food should be.

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    1. thanks for chiming in Mabel – and nice to have you visit
      – and regarding the colorings – I was shocked to find out a few years ago that many of the colorings used in food (that the powers to be approve) have petro bases and have HEAVY METALS – and those metals slowly accumulate in the body and without a fat rich diet – people cannot chelate metals and their body fat absorbs it.

      and what really bugs me is that here in the US – we are allowed to use chemicals in food that are banned in other countries-
      and the decline of health is showing all round this country –
      and when I was at Johns Hopkins hospital earlier this year (visiting a family member) – most of the colors there did not even “look well” some were large bellied – or pale yellow –
      and I am not judging anyone – but physician heal thyself
      and it starts with facing the truth about
      sugar as a deadly toxin
      and not making fat the bad guy.
      thanks again for chiming in

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      1. You are right. Many colourings are not natural colourings, but processed and take after metals and manufactured. And sometimes they comprise heavily of sugars and sweeteners. It’s amazing how many foods comprise colours just to ‘look good’.

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    1. Hi C – and while I agree – the “good food architect” aka Amy – mentioned in her video that we do ned to be careful because cooking at home with boxed items or chemical food can be just as bad. So I am sure you are making the real food – but too often we get these boxed and bagged and canned items – and they have chemicals that are banned in other countries but allowed in the US – ugh

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  5. I’m probably the only person in the US who has not had a Chik-Fil-A sandwich – I’m glad I never ate at Whataburger because of that video about the mouse running along and falling into the deep fryer with the french fries. The worker said “no worries, the mouse will float to the top!”

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      1. I tried to send you a link from a TV station that reported it and they said “see our website” and the video had been taken down. Then I heard the story of the young man who only ate junk food and “white” products – never whole grain and is now going blind. I am shaking my head over this world. One day my head will break fee and roll along the ground.

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  6. Really interesting post, Yvette, especially since it has been all over the airwaves:) You definitely made me smile, and have not “hurt my feelings.” In very simple terms, food acts like a drug, especially when I saw what certain foods did to my father when he became very compromised and elderly. Your chicken recipe is creating increased salivation:)I have yet to try Kombucha, and I make a point of trying it after your post. OMgosh on the church sign. I had to read it twice before I got it:)

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    1. thanks Erica for reading – and my son drank kombucha in front of me for years and I was like”no thanks”
      and I did have to try a few bottles – but now I only drink one kind – GT’s – because they have variety and quality – and we bought a box of an off brand from Costco and it had chemicals- what the heck.
      So GTs can be trusted for having all the good raw stuff.
      please let me know if you like it – this week I have been enjoying cosmic cranberry – and last week it was hubs fav – guava goddess – and our standard go to is Gingerade

      and thanks for sharing about your father – and I tell people that when they do not care about food quality – they usually have “youth” on their side – because at some point it catches up to us.
      But there is so much denial about how much of what we eat directly impacts our skin, our cognitive function, and immune health
      thanks again for your comment

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      1. More great information, Yvette. I wrote down your recommendation on the kombucha and I will see whether one of our stores carries this brand. I agree with you how food greatly impacts our health, especially as we get older. I find my skin rapidly shows changes along with the rest of my body when we go camping and we may eat a little differently. I need to get back on track. Thank you for sharing:)

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