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Discussion in 'Low-carb Diet Forum' started by GeoffersTaylor, Apr 10, 2016.

  1. GeoffersTaylor

    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I love fried chicken and KFC is my goto fast food if I'm out & about (no fries or buns, obviously). But the effects on my sugars are completely unpredictable.
    Sometimes the levels hardly move at all, and yesterday I spiked up to 10.

    Does anybody else have a similar experience?
     
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  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Do you take off the batter or eat that too? I haven't tried it since starting LCHF but our local ones always tasted revolting anyway.
     
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    PenfoldAPD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    KFC is hit and miss, occasionally I like it - then an hour later I think why did I eat it :) does the 'original recipe' have a batter/breadcrumb coating - actually looking at the nutrition on their website the original pieces have 6/8 grams of carbs, so not as bad as I expected.

    Might have to try it again (obvs only on one of those 'what the heck can I eat' days )
     
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    Scimama Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Did you have a "Diet" soda? or just the chicken
     
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  5. GeoffersTaylor

    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Black coffee.

    I do eat the skin.
     
  6. GeoffersTaylor

    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    One thought has occurred to me, and that's the different batters. The original chicken is a flour coating onto the chicken skin, whereas the boneless pieces are breadcrumbed. Might be worth an experiment to see if there's a noticeable difference!

    Dear Forum, I'll undertake this important research on your behalf.
     
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    msmi1970 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    :) have fun...we appreciate your hard work..don't chicken out
     
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    PenfoldAPD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow you would do this for us!! Thank-you
     
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  10. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Don't eat those skinny little fries if you can avoid it. I have no trouble with the original recipe chicken but I have to be very careful of their fries.
     
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    Gezzabelle Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I'll road test ice cream if you like lol ;)
     
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    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My guess is that you're still spiking, but it's not happening at the time you're testing.

    Super high fat/high carb/high processed food can take a very long time to breakdown. In some instances, I didn't get a noticeable blood sugar rise until 3 hrs after taking my last bite. If I didn't have a CGM, I probably wouldn't otherwise be aware of it.

    Long story short- KFC isn't the hidden secret to indulging without having to worry about hyperglycemia.

    If you do intend to "experiment" with this, I'd test 10+ times and do it over the course of 3-4 hours (or possibly longer if you're still rising at that point).
     
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  13. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    What's that got to do with original recipe KFC:
     
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    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Sarcasm translates poorly so I'm not sure if that was a joke or not.

    According to the KFC website 3 pieces of original chicken (breast, drumstick, and thigh) has:
    740 calories
    45g fat
    23g carbs
    61g protein

    The "extra crispy" version is:
    810 calories
    50g fat
    25g carbs
    64g protein

    I personally define that as super high fat, high carb, and I certainly would call their food "processed." However, I suppose "high" is subjective.
     
  15. GeoffersTaylor

    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Squire Fulwood I don't touch fries anymore, and in any case KFC never could make a decent chip!

    @TorqPenderloin Thanks for that. I'll bear what you say about longer timescales in mind, although I remain to be convinced. The calorie mix you've outlined is about 56% fat, 32% protein and 12% carbs, and that's not too bad for LCHF considering this is meant to be a slightly naughty treat.

    I think portion size is also a factor. You quote 3 pieces and I'll agree that all those carbs in one go could be problematic. Two pieces might be better, Maybe the breaded boneless stuff will be more suitable (although my hunch is that it will be worse).

    Still, think of the fun I'm going to have finding out! :hungry::)
     
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    TorqPenderloin Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is about Kentucky...Fried...Chicken...the stuff is awful for you whether or not you have diabetes (and that's coming from an American).

    I can respect occasionally deviating from your diet and enjoying something like this, but let's not try to pass it off as a potentially more healthy option simply because it doesn't raise your blood sugars. If you're going to eat it, then enjoy it, but obviously the less you eat the better.
     
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    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Better to understand your indulgences, n'est pas?
     
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    PenfoldAPD Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The suspense is killing me @GeoffersTaylor when are you going?

    Clearly (hopefully?) this is just fun and you won't be getting a KFC loyalty card
     
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    GeoffersTaylor Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Over the next couple of weeks. I have to go in on at least two occasions (original v boneless breaded) and then test afterwards.

    I swear, sometimes my life is hell.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you have Hot and Spicy Crumbed as well as original in the UK? If so you might need 3 trips (for the sake of the study)
     
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