If you have diabetes, it probably a good idea in general to avoid fast food. However, in some cases you simply won’t be able to, or will simply crave it. When it comes to choosing the “lesser of two evils”, poultry is often seen as a healthy alternative to a variety red meat products. This has lead some individuals to mistakenly believe that simply substituting a hamburger or hot dog with chicken nuggets makes the meal somewhat healthier. It is important to remember that while poultry can often be a suitable substitute for red meat, that does not mean that every form of white meat is nutritionally ideal. In fact, chicken nuggets can arguably be worse for you than a hamburger.
Consider the following when it come to comparing the two items:
6 Chicken Nuggets: 285 calories, 18 grams of fat, 18 grams of carbs, 14 grams of protein and 540 mg of sodium
Hamburger (kid’s meal sized): 240 calories, 8 grams of fat, 32 grams of carbs, 12 grams of protein and 480 mg of sodium
The most important thing to note is that the 6 nuggets are higher in calories, fat, protein and sodium, while the burger has it beat out in carbohydrates. In reality, the burger is probably a better option because you can remove the buns and eliminate most of its carb content, while the same cannot be done with the nuggets that are coated in bread.
For individuals with diabetes, neither food option is ideal. Both the hamburger and chicken nugget are rich fat, sodium, calories and carbohydrates, all of which pose significant nutritional problems to any healthy diet. However, if you have to absolutely choose between the two, the burger in this case is the clear choice, even if you do not remove the buns. This changes only if you decided the get your chicken grilled instead of breaded, in which case it becomes a significantly healthier option.