The Chick-fil-A Diet: Eat Grilled Chicken Nuggets for Your Health

Chick-fil-A bag recommends eating smaller meals such as its 8-count grilled nuggets
Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets

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The ‘nugget diet’ gained attention after a customer tweeted an image of a Chick-fil-A bag.

Could eating Chick-fil-A’s grilled nuggets be the key to better health?

On Wednesday, Rodger Sherman, a Chick-fil-A customer, tweeted an image of a Chick-fil-A bag, specifically the panel featuring the chain’s “Great Ideas for Healthier Living.” The first tip, “Start with One,” reads, “Kick off the New Year by adding one healthy habit to your routine. Here’s a good one: Eat smaller meals (like an 8-count pack of grilled nuggets) every three to four hours.”

In his tweet, Sherman writes, “Chick-Fil-A suggests adding ‘one healthy habit’ to your day, like eating chicken nuggets every three hours,” interpreting Chick-fil-A’s statement as a recommendation to eat its grilled nuggets for every meal.

Eater takes it one step further by creating an imaginary set of guidelines for those following the ‘Chick-fil-A nugget diet,’ “which must be followed to obtain the best results.” The first tip reads, “When adhering to the Chick-fil-A diet, do not be tempted to substitute other chains' nuggets or weight loss will be significantly slowed. Eight deep-fried nuggets from Burger King or McDonald's contains 380 calories, more than twice that of Chick-fil-A's virtuous specimens.”

Consumerist lays out the nutrition implications of the nugget diet. Four to five nugget meals per day equates to 560 to 700 calories consumed per day. Additionally, there are sodium concerns associated with this diet, as each serving of Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken nuggets contains 530 milligrams of sodium, bringing the daily grand total to around 2,300 milligrams.

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