One of the more recent items to appear on the menu at KFC is the Streetwise Feast, a $19.95 box of chicken and chips designed to provide a budget-minded meal for sharing. If you don’t want to end up obese, you need to share this combo with at least four other people.The Streetwise Feast includes six pieces of fried chicken, six nuggets, three crispy strips, two large serves of chips and two sauces. KFC doesn’t provide nutritional data on the sauces (which are probably neglible), but it does for everything else. Adding up the totals gets you a fairly hefty 13068 kilojoules, with 173 grams of fat and 5660mg of sodium.
When I did the Mastercheap challenge back in 2010, sensible nutritional goals for me were 9000 kilojoules a day, no more than 90 grams of fat and no more than 1500mg of sodium. There have been suggested revisions to Australian nutritional goals since then and the exact figures will vary depending on your size, but not many people should need to eat more than that (I’m 180cm tall).
If you assume that one meal should contribute, at most, one-third of your daily energy intake (which presumes no snacks), then the relevant target figures for the meal should be 3000 kilojoules, 30 grams of fat and 500mg of salt. We can work out how many people could healthily share a Streetwise Feast by dividing the box totals by these numbers.
On that basis, the feast covers the energy requirements for 4.3 people. If we allow that most people do in fact eat snacks, five is a more sensible figure. The numbers for fat are a little higher (5.7 people), and the numbers for sodium are unpleasantly insane (11.32 — and remember, we didn’t count the sauces). So on the most generous interpretation possible, five people should be sharing a Streetwise Feast. At $4 a head, it would be a cheap way to get lunch, but you wouldn’t want to make a daily habit of it given the sodium levels.
Sadly, despite the sharing rhetoric, I suspect this box will often end up shared between just two or three people, which is not going to do your waistline any favours.