Here’s Why You Might Want to Rethink Eating Buffalo Wings on Game Day

Buffalo wings are really, really unhealthy
Buffalo Wings

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This plate of eight wings contains more than 100 grams of fat, not including the blue cheese. 

Buffalo wings are one of the most popular foods to scarf down while watching a football game. They’re easy to share, pair really well with beer, and are spicy and delicious. But before you down that next dozen, you might want to reconsider: Wings are really unhealthy — even more than you might realize.

First, the wings themselves are almost all skin and fat, which are certainly not good for you. Second, they’re deep fried. Third, they’re tossed in a sauce that’s (according to the commonly-accepted recipe) almost 50 percent butter. So you’ve got meat fat, fryer oil, and butter, all in one deliciously artery-clogging bite.

Get ready for some hard truths. At Buffalo Wild Wings, a small order of wings, which comes with 10 wings, contains 1,650 calories, or about 165 calories per wing. Each wing also contains about 14 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of saturated fat, one-half gram of trans fat, nearly 40 milligrams of cholesterol, and 284 milligrams of sodium. In one wing.

Oh, and four tablespoons of Wish-Bone blue cheese dressing adds on an extra 600 calories and 56 grams of fat.


Enjoy the game!