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Are Buffalo Wings A Good Choice?

I met my son last weekend to watch some football games and our meeting spot was Buffalo Wild Wings sportsbar/restaurant. The menu contained the classic types of “bar food”: Nachos, burgers, fries and, of course the namesake….chicken wings. You get to choose boneless vs. on the bone, the number of wings you want and choices from various sauces. There was an amazing amount of different sauces to choose from. I found myself having more difficulty choosing what sauces to order than I do choosing what is the best antibiotic combination for a sick patient.

At first glance, chicken wings seems to be a good choice given that chicken is a protein….right? Well, add on the skin and the sauces and that becomes an entirely different story. So here are the nutritional facts for a chicken wing dipped in buffalo sauce:

Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 1 Wing (37g) 
Calories 70Calories from Fat 45 (64.3%) 
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 
Saturated fat 1.5g
Sodium 290mg13%
Net carbs 0g
Fiber 0g0%
Protein 6g

The caloric count is not that high, there is some fat, 6 grams of protein and a whole bunch of sodium. For those people prone to fluid retention, ingesting this very high sodium product will result in bloating and swelling perhaps.

Although wings are not a horrible choice by any means, the good old skinless chicken breast would be a better alternative. The other issue with wings/sauces: They make us thirsty….and those cold pitchers of beer at the sports bars sure look tempting to quench the thirst.

Here is Posner’s recommendation: Stay home to watch the games (you don’t have to wear a mask), save the $$$ , have your own bathroom to use, and concoct your own, more healthy meals and snacks.

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