There are many reasons for the popularity of fast food. Unconscious mashups, incorrect holiday respects, and irreconcilable deviations from the restaurant’s main products are just a few ways fast food chains around the world embarrass themselves and make customers sick Bon Appetite.
This winter, mired in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Italy received a true treat from the US military: assistance with vaccine procurement and distribution.
Actually wait – scratch that. The American soldier was Colonel Sanders, and the gift was a triple bypass to top off that deadly respiratory disease. On February 15, 2021, the Double Down Sandwich returned to KFCs across Italy, giving our parmesan-eating brethren a taste of the American heart(attack)land.
What’s the Double Down, you ask? Well it’s pretty simple: take two fast food favorites – bacon and cheese – add something suspiciously called the “Colonel’s Sauce,” and put it all between… two gigantic slabs of Original Recipe fried chicken.
The Double Down pretty much exemplifies America’s willingness to take pride in gluttony. It caters to the growing (and growing, and growing) set of US consumers who gleefully shun sound medical advice in the name of freedom. Hell, the very name suggests that its ingestion is a gamble.
Incredibly, the Double Down is only 540 calories – about as much as a McDonald’s Big Mac. However, the devil (and the diabetes) lies in the details: 145 milligrams of cholesterol (more than twice the Big Mac), 1,380 milligrams of sodium (over half the recommended limit) and 32 grams of fat (half the day’s allowance). Per metrics site FiveThirtyEight, the result is one of the unhealthiest sandwiches ever.