A Healthy Low Calorie Alternative is about to Hit KFC
KFC is one of the most popular fast food choices, but it is not known for being the healthiest choice. When you go there, you are expecting to eat chicken that has been deep fried, chips, gravy, and coleslaw.
The menu has significantly grown in the last few years, and there are now many different fried delights to tickle your taste buds with, but there is now set to be an even bigger change coming. The fast-food giant has promised to completely revamp its menu, and on top of this, in just seven years, it vows to remove twenty percent of calories per serving, making the treat of fried chicken that little bit healthier.
The aim of this revamped menu is to help their customers work towards their five a day, by offering healthy alternatives to fries for no extra cost. By 2020, they plan to have introduced a range of lunch and dinner options that are all under 600 calories, which coincides with the Public Health England’s recent campaign, which encourages people to have 400 calories for breakfast and 600 for lunch and dinner, with healthy snacks in between these meals.
For those that are worried, the original recipe chicken will remain the same blend of flavours, but they will be working closely with Victoria Robinson, who is a nutritionist and now Head of Food Innovation at KFC UK and Ireland. She said;
“We know people are more passionate than ever about eating well, and we face a big challenge in shifting their perceptions of what we offer…We’ve done it before though – the success of our Riceboxes has shown that our fans will go for lighter options from us…That said, we know any new menu and recipe changes will have to be just as tasty as today…It’s a tricky challenge, because our fans absolutely love our Original Recipe chicken, and we won’t be changing the Colonel’s secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices…This is about providing choice, and offering delicious, signature KFC taste that just happens to be lighter.”
Although we won’t see the menu change for some time, they have announced the changes now in order to reduce the number of calories, without making a huge compromise to what people are used to and expect. The General Manager of KFC UK and Ireland, Paula MacKenzie said;
“I’m incredibly proud to be making this commitment today…Our programme will not only provide our customers with an amazing, tasty range of healthier lunch and dinner dishes, but we’ll also be helping find ways to support them to make the lighter choice…Everyone in the food and drink industry, from fast food to traditional restaurants, is being scrutinised for the nutritional content of their meals. As an industry leader and world famous brand, we know that we bear a responsibility to help move the sector forward.”