Days 66 – 68 – Harmful Secret Ingredients

Days 66 – 68 – Harmful Secret Ingredients – Weekend, April 1-3, 2016 – My topic this weekend is the result of going to KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken for dinner. We have been talking about moving from Ohio to Corbin, Kentucky which is the home of Colonel Sanders. Since we rarely eat at KFC (maybe three times a year), we decided it couldn’t hurt too much to have a little fried food.

While eating, I tried to guess the 11 secret herbs and spices in the coating for the chicken. Since they are secret, I had to do a little research when I got home. To my surprise, I was correct on seven of the ingredients.

fried chicken

First, My Dinner at KFC
  • One original recipe chicken thigh – 270 calories, 170 calories from Fat, 770mg Sodium, 16g Protein
  • One biscuit (no butter) – 180 calories, 80 calories from Fat, 540mg Sodium, 2g Sugar, 4g Protein
  • Seasoned Potato Wedges (split 1/2 portion – 5pc) – 135 calories, 55 calories from Fat, 350mg Sodium, 4g Protein)
  • Cole Slaw (split 1/2 portion) – 85 calories, 2.5 calories from Fat, 180mg Sodium, 10g Sugar
  • Honey Sauce (2-packs) –  60 calories total, 10g Sugar
Not Happy with Sodium Results

I really am not happy with the results of my dinner. First, the total sodium in my meal as shown above is 1840mg (daily recommend not to exceed 2300mg but I try to consume much less). Yes, I did eat the flavorful, seasoned “skin” of the chicken. Isn’t that the point of eating chicken at KFC?

I am dismayed to learn that the “honey” that I’ve always loved on a biscuit at KFC is only 7% honey. The rest is High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, (7%) Honey, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Caramel Color. This reminds me of maple flavored pancake syrup which is far from the real thing.

And, the 11 secret herbs and spices? The copycat recipes say: paprika, onion salt, celery salt, rubbed sage, garlic powder, allspice, oregano, chili powder, pepper, and salt. Wait a minute, that is only 10 spices.

What is the 11th secret herb or spice? MSG

I am really NOT happy to learn that MSG, Monosodium Glutamate, is one of the “secret” spices in the coating for KFC chicken. In fact, in addition to the chicken coating, MSG is also added to the potato wedges, chicken pot pies, gravy and even the green beans.


MSG is a food additive that produces a salty or savory taste when added to food. MSG is the salt form of glutamic acid, which is a naturally occurring amino acid. It is known to excite the taste buds and thought to be the basis for mild levels of addiction for some people.

If MSG is added to food, the FDA requires that is be listed on the label; however, it’s called by a variety of names and more than 40 different ingredients contain the chemical in monosodium glutamate (processed free glutamic acid) that causes reactions. Go to: for more information. See the link at the bottom of the article or go to: See the list of the names of ingredients used to hide the MSG in food

  • hydrolyzed vegetable
  • plant protein
  • sodium caseinate
  • Autolyzed yeast
  • maltodextrin
  • soy sauce

Naturally occurring or not, tolerance levels can vary. Some people may react immediately and some people as late as 48 hours after ingesting MSG.  Some of the known side effects related to MSG consumption include:

  • severe headache
  • flushing, sweating
  • facial tightness
  • heart palpitations
  • chest pains
  • shortness of breath
  • nausea
  • muscle weakness
  • and numbness, tingling or burning in the mouth, around the face and in the limbs
Days 66 – 68 – Harmful Secret Ingredients

While I am sad to learn that MSG, Monosodium Glutamate is one of the secret ingredients in some of KFC’s food, I am turning my chicken dinner into a learning opportunity. MSG can be found in MANY packaged and processed foods. MSG is commonly used in restaurants and buffets.

I hope you will take the time to read the MSG articles mentioned in this post. Knowledge is power.

Facing MY FAT,


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