In recent health news that you probably never saw coming, Chick-fil-A has jumped on the “New year, new you” bandwagon and is offering custumers guidance on how to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle. The catch? (Because there’s always a catch when a fast food chain tries to feed you unsolicited advice.) It involves eating an eight-pack of chicken nuggets every three to four hours!
While I’ll admit I’ve been a fan of the popular chicken chain since childhood (Their waffle fries? Omgz), I can’t say that eating chicken nuggets every three to four hours is worth stomaching. The health tip gained notoriety after Rodger Sherman, a contributor over at SB Nation, tweeted a picture of the “Great Ideas For Healthier Living” panel he found on the side of a Chick-fil-A take out bag:
Chick-Fil-A suggests adding "one healthy habit" to your day, like eating chicken nuggets every three hours pic.twitter.com/PO3ADjyWUZ
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) January 27, 2016
Sherman’s tweet has since been re-tweeted over 1,000 times, with other Twitter users chiming in on the new diet trend as well:
@rodger_sherman 8 pack of GRILLED nuggets is only 140 calories and is all protein. Seems pretty sensible, just expensive.
— Uncle buttPuke (@bgjoecool27) January 27, 2016
@rodger_sherman $3.85 (8-pc grilled nugget) x 6 times a day = $23.10 a day.
$23.10 a day x 365 days = $8,431.50 a year.
This is possible.
— Dakota Moyer (@DakMoyer) January 27, 2016
@rodger_sherman jesus fucking christ
— K. Thor Jensen (@kthorjensen) January 31, 2016
In addition to consuming an eight-pack of chicken nuggets every three to four hours, Chick-fil-A tells customers to balance the nugs with more profound advice—a daily form of physical activity: “If you know you’re going to splurge during the day, make sure you balance it with more exercise.”
Chick-fil-A’s website even hosts its own “Dining & Exercise Tips” page, where exercise suggestions include having a picnic and initiating a game of Ultimate Frisbee, and playing “a game of tag,” because, well: “We are never too old to play tag!”
While an eight-pack of grilled chicken nuggets contains just 140 calories, it also contains 23 grams of highly processed protein and 530 milligrams of sodium, which is 20% of the recommended daily intake. In summary, I think it’s safe to say we should all be taking Chick-fil-A’s diet advice with a grain of salt!