Why I Will No Longer Eat Wendy’s Grilled Chicken

As part of my diet, I’m avoiding foods that contain refined sugars and starches.  Yesterday, for lunch, I went to Wendy’s and ordered a grilled chicken breast (just the meat, no bun) and a side salad.  After eating the chicken, I felt that old “rush” – which I know to be associated with the eating of sugars.  Confused, since I assume that I was just eating a piece of grilled chicken and some lettuce, I went to the Wendy’s website and searched for nutritional information (pdf) about their food.

Under grilled chicken breast, here’s what I found –

Ultimate Chicken Grill Fillet: Chicken Breast, Water, Seasoning (salt, natural flavors, corn maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, modified corn starch, onion powder, paprika, spice, garlic powder, sugar, disodium idosinate, disodium guanylate, dextrose, artificial flavors), Modified Corn Starch, Sodium Phosphates. (Information correct as of October 2008.)

I ordered a piece of grilled chicken, but what I got was chicken plus sugar and sugar-type ingredients.  So, from now on, I will not be ordering grilled chicken from Wendy’s – or anything else from their menu.

I’ve only had “fast food” twice in the last month, so not having it all will not be that big of a deal.  I’ll just have to do a little better job of planning, so that I don’t find myself hungry and without something to eat.

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