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Old 03-07-2010, 05:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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17 most fattening foods in America

Here is a nice writeup about some of the most totally unhealthy foods imaginable. I must say, though, some of the pictures look pretty tempting:

















I can feel my stomach bloating just from looking at some of this stuff. Sadly, I can resist anything but temptation.......
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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makes me want to skip out on restaurant/take out food for a while!!
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good to know... I don't eat at any of those places and never will.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The only one I recognize, or have any interest in eating, is the Bloomin' Onion. The ice cream looks good for a second before I realize it's probably so rich I'd be full before I finished half. I'm confused by the pasta though. It just looks like spaghetti with meatballs, what's so terribly unhealthy about that?
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:06 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I haven't eaten at one of these listed corporate restaurants in years.

I'm lucky that I have many non-national chains available to me. It doesn't mean that the food is healthier, but it definitely doesn't get as gigantic.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Oh look, I totally missed the link to the article! Now I understand why that particular serving of spaghetti and meatballs is so unhealthy!

I didn't know Chili's got rid of the Awesome Blossom, but I preferred Outback's Bloomin' Onion anyway. That said, I can't believe there are people who would eat the whole thing all by themselves! To me, that's a group dish, and something to eat on its own while talking with friends, not as an appetizer.

The only other thing I've had on the list is Uno's pizza, but I don't think it's a surprise that deep dish pizza can be extremely unhealthy ;P
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Old 03-07-2010, 10:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Some of those look really appetising for a "once in a while" treat.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Aw, man. I order aussie fries every time I eat at Outback. Granted, that happens only once every 2-3 months, but still. Icky.
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Old 03-07-2010, 01:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't get fat. I can eat anything and there are days I eat half my body weight. I love myself.
This is me. All this thread does for me is make me hungry. I'm not scared by this at all, but that's probably how people get fat in the first place. All well.
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Old 03-07-2010, 04:39 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I used to be that way. I ate whatever I want and never gained weight. Then, seemed like overnight, that changed. Enjoy it while it lasts. One day you will get bigger or you will start looking at food according to nutrient to fat/calorie ratios. The most beneficial thing you can do to improve that ratio? - stop eating out.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Or change where/what you eat, MM.

We've started pulling up the nutritional information before going to numerous chains like Moe's Southwest Grill, Panera, Tijuana Shats... uh, Flats, P.F. Chang's, etc. and find the option that best suits our caloric needs. Then stick to it. Calorie King is awesome. If I really wanted something on that list (if I could find something non-fried, non-lactose that wouldn't kill me for either of those issues), I'd split it, have only a third or a half of what they put on my plate. And I make them box it immediately so there is no munching.

Most of the time we avoid chains, though, and stick to places that use healthy oils, local or fresh ingredients and where we know the consistency and/or the chef's habits. Those things up there make my stomach run screaming in the opposite direction. And the calories-per-dollar is kinda horrifying. Hence their point, I guess.
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Old 03-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Some of those look really appetising for a "once in a while" treat.
QFT - I eat some horribly bad crap, but it isn't everyday - eating anything bad 'once in a while' isn't bad for you, it's going back every second day and cleaning the plate.

edit: Xerxys/PearlTrade - don't worry time will catch up with you. I'm pushing 40 and am not fat, but I'm no longer in the eat whatever club that you are in and I used to be in.
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Old 03-07-2010, 07:00 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Wow, some of these make the occasional trip to Mickey D's look downright healthy!

I've had a bloomin' onion at Outback, but I haven't "enjoyed" any of the others on the list. My problem is sticking to portion control... my portions are too large and eaten at the wrong time (early evening, a couple of hours before bedtime)
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:35 AM   #16 (permalink)
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How do they pack that much grease and crap into some otherwise "normal" looking food items? 2600 calories in a shake? Really? Indulgence comes with a price I suppose. Funny how many of them are at Chili's.

One thing I noticed about TGI Fridays (not mentioned in the article) when I was there, they list nutrition facts right on the menu - very helpful. They still have some real belly-buster portions and caloric/fat/carb laden dishes, but at least they tell you up front.

I need to go back on my diet, I'm fat again... sigh.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've gotten to the point where I just eat 1/3 to 1/2 of the plate when I go out for dinners. I find it easier to just spread it out over another meal or three.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:51 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Put me into the "eat whatever you want and not gain weight" camp.

However, for the past few months, I have been watching what I eat. I don't really see any results, but I'm sure it will be beneficial in the long run.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:32 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Mm. I'd say the ribs are worth it.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:54 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I eat and gain weight

I don't eat and gain weight

The only thing that has ever made me lose weight is working it off.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:04 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Yup same with me, eat eat eat and not put on a pound. I always thought as I got older my metabolism would slow down and I'd start putting it on, but so far so good. I'm actually one of those people that never eats anyway. I'll start feeling dizzy and weak then realize I haven't had a scrap of food in about 48 hours....Its like I forget or something. I dunno.

Anyway some damn tasty looking food up thar, except those ribs...that plates looking a little sad as ribs go...just sayin'
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:25 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'll have to find the study I saw, but just because you aren't fat doesn't mean your organs aren't encased in fat. The study points out that there are plenty of skinny folks having heart attacks because they eat shit food but think it's ok because they don't gain weight.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:38 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Thin people might be fat on the inside - Fitness- msnbc.com

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Internal fat around organs can increase diabetes and heart risks
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LONDON - If it really is what’s on the inside that counts, then a lot of thin people might be in trouble.

Some doctors now think that the internal fat surrounding vital organs like the heart, liver or pancreas — invisible to the naked eye — could be as dangerous as the more obvious external fat that bulges underneath the skin.

“Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat,” said Dr. Jimmy Bell, a professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London. Since 1994, Bell and his team have scanned nearly 800 people with MRI machines to create “fat maps” showing where people store fat.

According to the data, people who maintain their weight through diet rather than exercise are likely to have major deposits of internal fat, even if they are otherwise slim. “The whole concept of being fat needs to be redefined,” said Bell, whose research is funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council.

Without a clear warning signal — like a rounder middle — doctors worry that thin people may be lulled into falsely assuming that because they’re not overweight, they’re healthy.

“Just because someone is lean doesn’t make them immune to diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease,” said Dr. Louis Teichholz, chief of cardiology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, who was not involved in Bell’s research.

Even people with normal Body Mass Index scores — a standard obesity measure that divides your weight by the square of your height — can have surprising levels of fat deposits inside.

Of the women scanned by Bell and his colleagues, as many as 45 percent of those with normal BMI scores (20 to 25) actually had excessive levels of internal fat. Among men, the percentage was nearly 60 percent.

Relating the news to what Bell calls “TOFIs” — people who are “thin outside, fat inside” — is rarely uneventful. “The thinner people are, the bigger the surprise,” he said, adding the researchers even found TOFIs among people who are professional models.

According to Bell, people who are fat on the inside are essentially on the threshold of being obese. They eat too many fatty, sugary foods — and exercise too little to work it off — but they are not eating enough to actually be fat. Scientists believe we naturally accumulate fat around the belly first, but at some point, the body may start storing it elsewhere.

Still, most experts believe that being of normal weight is an indicator of good health, and that BMI is a reliable measurement.

“BMI won’t give you the exact indication of where fat is, but it’s a useful clinical tool,” said Dr. Toni Steer, a nutritionist at Britain’s Medical Research Council.

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Doctors are unsure about the exact dangers of internal fat, but some suspect it contributes to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They theorize that internal fat disrupts the body’s communication systems. The fat enveloping internal organs might be sending the body mistaken chemical signals to store fat inside organs like the liver or pancreas. This could ultimately lead to insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, or heart disease.

Experts have long known that fat, active people can be healthier than their skinny, inactive counterparts. “Normal-weight persons who are sedentary and unfit are at much higher risk for mortality than obese persons who are active and fit,” said Dr. Steven Blair, an obesity expert at the University of South Carolina.

For example, despite their ripples of fat, super-sized Sumo wrestlers probably have a better metabolic profile than some of their slim, sedentary spectators, Bell said. That’s because the wrestlers’ fat is primarily stored under the skin, not streaking throughout their vital organs and muscles.

The good news is that internal fat can be easily burned off through exercise or even by improving your diet. “Even if you don’t see it on your bathroom scale, caloric restriction and physical exercise have an aggressive effect on visceral fat,” said Dr. Bob Ross, an obesity expert at Queen’s University in Canada.

Because many factors contribute to heart disease, Teichholz says it’s difficult to determine the precise danger of internal fat — though it certainly doesn’t help.

“Obesity is a risk factor, but it’s lower down on the totem pole of risk factors,” he said, explaining that whether or not people smoke, their family histories and blood pressure and cholesterol rates are more important determinants than both external and internal fat.

When it comes to being fit, experts say there is no short-cut. “If you just want to look thin, then maybe dieting is enough,” Bell said. “But if you want to actually be healthy, then exercise has to be an important component of your lifestyle.”

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Old 03-14-2010, 09:51 AM   #24 (permalink)
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SM, where do you find such happy things? yikes.

I'm still thrilled that I lost 28 lb and have kept it off for a year. I now weight what I weighed in law school. Pulled old suits out of the closet, even.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:25 PM   #25 (permalink)
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The sheer quantity of fat contained in those foods is repulsive. Over 200 grams? Gag.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:55 AM   #26 (permalink)
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It all just makes me want to have a beer, yeah I know it's 7:55 am, damn good thing I'm not at the beach. God I miss Florida, and fresh fish and the beach with all the exercise and sunshine.
I don't know where I was going with this, you people who can eat all you want and not get fat, make me sick, literally.
Those kinda figures are what make bulimia so inviting, eat all you want and just puke it up, taste the same both directions if your quick about it.
Bet you'll never look at that shit the same way again, reversed, grease comes up first. I learned that trick from the Greeks.
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Old 03-19-2010, 04:12 AM   #27 (permalink)
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omg. I just had breakfast. But just looking at that OP has made me hungry. I want to try every single one of those. Today if possible. that pizza looks fantastic.
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I've gotten to the point where I just eat 1/3 to 1/2 of the plate when I go out for dinners. I find it easier to just spread it out over another meal or three.
That is my strategy. I eat slowly and stop before I'm full to give the food time to register with my brain.

The only restaurant mentioned on the list that we have here in my town is Ruby Tuesday's, and we don't eat there because they only have one vegetarian option--their own special veggie burger. It tastes like a hobo's boot.
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It all just makes me want to have a beer, yeah I know it's 7:55 am, damn good thing I'm not at the beach. God I miss Florida, and fresh fish and the beach with all the exercise and sunshine.
I don't know where I was going with this, you people who can eat all you want and not get fat, make me sick, literally.
Those kinda figures are what make bulimia so inviting, eat all you want and just puke it up, taste the same both directions if your quick about it.
Bet you'll never look at that shit the same way again, reversed, grease comes up first. I learned that trick from the Greeks.
Don't be offended any Greeks out there, just kidding, and noting a historical observation.
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Oh, and let me tell ya, you can eat nothing at all, just a diet of tasty young men and get FAT! Holly Crap, can't even enjoy beer anymore, shit this sucks.
Red Stripe has a light beer now and it's pretty damn good. ;-)

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I see that Florida down there, mixedmedia, and then the whole Red Stripe, yeah mon..... now Red Stripe Light, killin' me.

And don't think I missed that whole Corona remark, Leto, light from day 1, ahhhhh, Corona, Corona, Corona and lime. Even their commercials make me weep, white sands, waves crashing, seagulls crying, I'm hopeless, I need my Florida, gators, mosquitoes and all.

mixedmedia, r u N FL or S Fl, east side or west. I'm so jealous.

Talk about the freshest best seafood in the nation...... heavy sigh, no don't it will just hurt more.
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I live in Naples, actually, on the SW coast. :-)
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you know, i looked at the article in the op and it made me a little woozy. i went through the list...cant imagine it...no...ew....no...i tried a deep dish pizza at giordanos and it wrestled me to the ground, stood on me and scoffed....no.....ew.....now THAT i could do.

but nothing...no moment of my survey of that list...would have lead me to think:

you know, what i really hope, what would really help me and smooth out some edges in my life, would be a red stripe lite.

because red stripe IS a lite beer and a damn good one and that is why it is the boaty person's beverage of choice.

i know i know, i should be saying something about putting on or not putting on weight. mostly i bike. i can eat more or less what i want because i go biking. i can't do alot of the dishes on that list because they seem...well...foul. except for a couple. like that giant cake.

but still...red stripe lite?
c'mon.
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Sunsets over the Gulf, fried gator tail and scallops, fresh Oyster Rockefeller, prefer raw, but can't go there anymore. Iced cold beer and the sound of the insects humming LOUDLY in the background, and a fishing pole with its' line swaying in the waves. Envy, Envy, Envy.

We still have snow in piles here and there from MD/DC's most snowiest winter ever. The only white shit on the ground I ever want to see again is sand. Thank you for taking me there for just a moment.


p.s. Florida has some of the MOST fattening fried foods ever, they fry everything down there in the south, fat fat fat (just trying to stay with the program)
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you know, i looked at the article in the op and it made me a little woozy. i went through the list...cant imagine it...no...ew....no...i tried a deep dish pizza at giordanos and it wrestled me to the ground, stood on me and scoffed....no.....ew.....now THAT i could do.

but nothing...no moment of my survey of that list...would have lead me to think:

you know, what i really hope, what would really help me and smooth out some edges in my life, would be a red stripe lite.

because red stripe IS a lite beer and a damn good one and that is why it is the boaty person's beverage of choice.

i know i know, i should be saying something about putting on or not putting on weight. mostly i bike. i can eat more or less what i want because i go biking. i can't do alot of the dishes on that list because they seem...well...foul. except for a couple. like that giant cake.

but still...red stripe lite?
c'mon.
I don't bike. I have to maintain my whorish figure...whoops, did I just say that?
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...And don't think I missed that whole Corona remark, Leto, light from day 1, ahhhhh, Corona, Corona, Corona and lime. Even their commercials make me weep, white sands, waves crashing, seagulls crying, I'm hopeless, I need my Florida, gators, mosquitoes and all..


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Old 03-20-2010, 04:51 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Idyllic, I know how you feel. I moved to DC from the Outer Banks.


Which also meant moving away from Bojangles. They should have some items on that list but probably don't make it because they are very regional.

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I don't bike. I have to maintain my whorish figure...whoops, did I just say that?
Yeah, you said that.
And I know how you feel. Swim and elliptical, swim and elliptical. Every day, minimum 45 minutes. It's the only way even to approximate being a sex bomb at my advanced age.
Or what plausibly could pass for one, anyway.

But I still can't eat pizza anymore.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:50 PM   #39 (permalink)
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The Definitive KFC Double Down Review

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You are almost certainly aware of this, but today is not just any Monday. In the same way that we all remember September 26, 2006 as the debut of Burger King's Chicken Fries, April 12th, 2010 will be seared upon our historical consciousness as the premiere of the new KFC sandwich, the Double Down. I'm afraid I must confess that when I—a connoisseur of speedily-prepared foodstuffs—first heard about this sandwich, I found the concept distasteful and thought myself unlikely to sample it. But here I am, having eaten both of the available versions and writing about them on the internet.
If you aren't familiar with the Double Down, here's some marketing language from the Colonel's website that breaks it down:
The new KFC Double Down sandwich is real and it's coming April 12th! This one-of-a-kind sandwich features two thick and juicy boneless white meat chicken filets (Original Recipe® or Grilled), two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese and Colonel's Sauce. This product is so meaty, there’s no room for a bun!
One of the best things about this blurb is that they had to make sure people understood that this was not actually some sort of amusing prank or illusion. Which makes sense really. If someone told you KFC was coming out with a sandwich that used either grilled or fried chicken in place of bread and bacon as the "meat," accompanied by multiple layers of cheese, and then a sauce, you might assume it was some clever comment on America's obsession with fast food and subsequent obesity. So I suppose an assertion of the product's actuality is both warranted and necessary.
Also, KFC is not lying. An accurate review of the sandwich is pretty much: "This product is so meaty, there's no room for a bun!" In fact, I should probably stop wasting everyone's time because that's the most systematic description of the sandwich that could ever be written. But you know what? I ate both of these things. You're going to sit here as I walk you through each component of this "sandwich"/"product" and like it.
So let's get to it and break the Double Down piece by piece.
The "Buns"/Fried Chicken and Grilled Chicken
There are two options when ordering a Double Down: one can either select the grilled version or the fried version (or, in my case, both). The grilled version offers the breakout (right?) KFC item of last year: the Grilled Recipe filet. It evokes a less ambitious Boston Market/Kenny Rogers' rotisserie chicken. It's not terrible, and is actually probably better than you would think it to be, but it's definitely not good. (to clarify the comparison, let's establish in the context of this review that the Boston Market/Kenny Rogers' rotisserie breasts are adequate but not exceptional.)
The fried option is essentially the chicken breast they serve in the buckets that you may or may not remember from your childhood depending how awesome or unawesome your parents were. While undoubtedly palatable, I've never found the Colonel's blend of flavors to be my cup of tea. Which should not be taken as a disparagement of all fast food fried chicken; I am no stranger to Bojangles' and Popeyes—the former being much better than the latter, but both ranking significantly above KFC for me.
What I'd point to as the major flaw in this sandwich—in its underlying principle, really—is that both varieties of chicken, particularly the fried, out-muscle and overpower the rest of the sandwich with the intense taste of saltiness. Make sure you get a drink. Actually, if you're ordering the Double Down, you should probably get water instead of a fountain soda, because you are going to be really parched both during and after the act of consumption. Also, you don't NEED a soda.
The Bacon
Sadly, the belly of the hog is pretty much an afterthought. To be frank, by the time I had turned my attention to the grilled version I was unable to perceive even the existence of bacon. I thought to myself, "Hey, maybe the grilled one is the 'healthy' version! Maybe I could try this again!" But nope, that wasn't the case: There was bacon in that one too, only I just couldn't tell. It's either because the chicken, cheese, and sauce are all so flavor-full/salty and the bacon is kind of "meh," or because the bacon is kind of flimsy and afterthought-y. Or maybe it's because I was eating my second KFC Double Down in the span of 15 minutes and at some point your palate gives up and says, "F you, if you're not going to treat me with respect you don't deserve to taste." I'm still not sure.
The Cheese
If you like gooey cheeses that promise the suggestion of a flavor with which you are familiar without actually presenting such flavor, this is going to be up your alley. The cheese, much like the chicken—or perhaps because of the chicken—has sort of a salty and nutty thing going on. It's more identifiable than the bacon while eating, but this may be more a product of consistency than actual flavor.
The Colonel's Special Sauce TM
It's pretty much Thousand Island dressing. I think it's safe to say that when a fast food chain promises a special sauce, it's going to be Thousand Island dressing. If you're share my affections for the McDonald's Big Mac, note that that special sauce is also Thousand Island dressing, although if have waded this far into a review of a fast food sandwich that uses chicken instead of bread this is almost certainly a fact of which you had prior knowledge.
(Sidebar: Did you know that there's actually a place in the world that is called Thousand Islands, somewhere between us and Canada, that may be the origin place for Thousand Island dressing? It turns out that there's a pretty interesting—relative, perhaps, to this review—debate about it on the Thousand Island dressing Wikipedia page! Spoiler alert: passive aggressive comments arguing about salad dressings are behind that link!)
Nutrition (LOL!)

So KFC claims that the two Double Downs only have 540 and 460 calories each (fried and grilled, respectively). At the risk of being unfortunately unpleasant, I'm forced to express my disbelief of those numbers, because there's no way that these things have less calories than a Big Mac (without cheese!). Also, if you look on the board at your local KFC (or at least at my local KFC), there's a calorie count for the meal, which comes with potato wedges and a drink (you fatty!), that counts the calories at 475-1080.
Further to this issue, Susan Levine, the nutrition education director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has issued a letter to Yum! Brands Inc. (operators of KFC, obvs) insisting that the shouldn't advertise the Double Down to children. Levine feels that the "sandwich" is a "troubling symbol of corporate irresponsibility." She also believes that the FDA should restrict Double Down advertising in a similar manner to the way it handles tobacco advertising. Sorry, phallus-faced Camel who's eating bacon surrounded by pieces of fried chicken, your kind isn't wanted here.
(Sidebar 2: Did you know that KFC also offers a Double Chocolate Chip Cake that is 1700 calories? I mean, truth be told, it looked pretty dope, but 1700 calories? Holy crap.)
Overall
Should you eat this? Probably not. It is very much what you think it is, a sloppy and salty mess, and will make your stomach hurt for several hours after you've consumed it.
Still, I asked the KFC employee behind the counter how the Double Downs were doing, mostly in the hope that I would have been the first one to order this creation. It was not to be: Apparently my local KFC affiliate has been serving them for "a few days" already. In fact, they are "selling a lot so far." So I guess that's cool. America, we did it! We, like the Double Down, are pretty much exactly what people think we are.

Awl publisher David Cho previously reviewed the products prepared on the new Burger King broiler. The Awl has no financial arrangements with KFC or its parent company Yum! Brands, which should be pretty obvious right now.
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