Nando’s has become a popular part of modern culture, with pictures of spicy chicken spreading like the plague over social media frequently boasting trips for presumed healthy meals out. However, Channel 4’s The Trick’s of the Restaurant Trade found, in fact, the Portuguese chicken was higher in calories and sugar than it’s famously more unhealthy counterpart KFC.

Sugar in Nandos

Most fitness enthusiasts will opt for the presumably healthier high protein meals at Nando's than KFC’s deep fried chicken, however they could be making the wrong choice.

On the show nutritionist Amanda Ursell compared a Nando’s chicken wrap, with a KFC Toasted Twister wrap. Shockingly, the Nando’s wrap racked up an extra 114 calories.

Amanda revealed that the KFC wrap contained 480 calories, with 4.7g of sugar whilst 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 details on the danger’s of a high sugar diet see:

Amanda also compared both restaurants chips and discovered that a portion of chips from Nando’s contained 546 calories, compared to 310 in KFC’s regular fries.

But Nando’s costs so much more presumably we’re at least getting a better quality meat? The show also uncovered the revelation that both KFC and Nando’s use the same supplier for some of their meals, despite the price differences.

Whilst the entire menu was not compared and nor are calories the only way to judge the nutritional value of a meal, could this see the multiple pictures of medium spicy chicken fade from my timeline?

It certainly gives a ‘Cheeky’ Nando’s a whole new meaning.

Catch up with the show here: 

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