Nando's is a highly popular high street restaurant chain, with 1,094 restaurants worldwide. From the UK to South Africa, Canada to Malaysia, people can't get enough of the relatively cheap and easy Portuguese grilled chicken. A Nando's meal is seeminly healthy, consisting of grilled chicken, maybe some corn on the cob, maybe a salad. But Channel 4’s 'The Tricks of the Restaurant Trade' programme found that some Nando's meals actually contain more sugar than KFC.
It's a natural choice to think that a Nando's meal would be healthier than one at KFC. The latter is renowned for offering greasy, unhealthy fast food and is never the healthy choice for a fitness fanatic. However, on Channel 4's show, nutritionist Amanda Ursell compared a Nando’s chicken wrap with a KFC Toasted Twister wrap. Shockingly, the Nando’s wrap racked up 114 calories more than the KFC one.
Amanda revealed that the KFC wrap contained 480 calories, with 4.7g of sugar, while the Nando’s version had 594 calories and three times the sugar, 16.2g. That’s as many as 5 teaspoons. Nando’s did, however, have less salt than the KFC. For more information on the dangers of consuming too much sugar, read our blog post here.
Amanda also compared both a serving of chips from each restaurant and discovered that a portion of chips from Nando’s contained 546 calories, compared to 310 in KFC’s regular fries.
The show also uncovered the revelation that both KFC and Nando’s use the same supplier for some of their meals, despite the difference in price and supposed quality of their food.
Whilst the entire menu was not compared and nor are calories the only way to judge the nutritional value of a meal, this is an eye-opening revelation for those who view Nando's as a quick and easy post-workout meal.