One of the most popular foods across the globe and an American specialty, crispy fried chicken was an instant hit no sooner it hit the Indian shores. Deep-fried chicken drumsticks marinated in buttermilk, spices, and coated in a mixture of refined flour and cornflour, this dish is an instant hit among youngsters looking for a quick fix. But have you ever wondered how many calories a single leg piece of crispy fried chicken contains? Let's take a look.
The ingredients: Chicken is an excellent source of protein, provided you opt for chicken breast. Chicken leg or thigh may be more flavourful and juicy, but it contains more fat when compared to the breast piece. Refined flour and cornflour give it a crispy texture and then deeply fried, this dish is not the leanest, to say the least.
Carbohydrates: Each drumstick of crispy fried chicken contains 8 grams or 32 Kcal of Carbohydrates, which might not seem like a lot, but most, if not all the carbohydrates come from refined flours alone, thus causing a spike in your blood sugar levels.
Fats: being the most caloric-dense food accounts for 11 grams or 99 Kcal per drumstick. In fact, close to 60% of the calories come from fats alone, a small amount of it is from the chicken drumstick, while most of it comes from the oil that it absorbs while being deep-fried.
Protein: For a change, and as observed with non-vegetarian foods, one chicken drumstick contains 12 grams or 48 Kcal of protein. Now all of this protein is a complete source, protein here accounts for just 28% of the overall calories.
While many fitness influencers may try to mislead you that you can consume deep-fried crispy chicken while on a diet, that couldn't be farther from the truth. And even if you somehow manage to make them fit into your caloric intake for the day, do keep in mind that each drumstick contains 50 mg of cholesterol, and most of us won't stop at just one chicken drumstick.
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