My recent blog article about a healthier version of Southern fried chicken launched a storm in the Twitterverse that gave me a big belly laugh.
After blogging and posting all kinds of articles throughout the social media about fitness, nutrition and natural healing, it wasn’t my articles about restorative yoga, breathing techniques, being a medical intuitive, how to have more energy or anything helpful that set everyone up in arms.
It was fried chicken that got everybody going.
The tweets that seemed to bring the greatest offense:
#Southern #friedchicken without the #heartattack ingredients: http://t.co/NWCj2cjpHu
Love #Southern #friedchicken but want a #healthy #recipe? http://t.co/NWCj2cjpHu
#Southern #friedchicken from a #glutenfree #dairyfree #recipe: http://t.co/NWCj2cjpHu
“The Devil,” one fellow Twitterer responded.
“I am…disgusted,” someone else concluded.
“Is this a joke?” another person wrote.
“But why?” someone asked.
“Must be a GOPblackchick with a food blog,” another postulated.
I received several hilarious photographs, including one of a metal trashcan, as if to imply that should be where my recipe should end up, although another Twitterer apparently trying to be helpful wrote that maybe we should ask Paula Deen to step in to rescue the situation.
Those who put the whole thing down to blasphemy even came up with a hashtag: #Strugglefriedchicken.
Now I admit, having grown up in Savannah, Georgia, fried chicken is a sacred food.
I can’t remember when I started eating fried chicken, but believe me I have very many happy childhood memories of chowing down on the actual stuff and actually purchasing the for real item at Kentucky Fried Chicken myself before becoming somewhat more enlightened.
However, at a certain point – probably before I became a nutritionist – it began to dawn on me that fried chicken is one of the world’s most unhealthy foods.
(If you are a diehard fried chicken fan, I apologize for this tragic news.)
If you don’t believe me, take a look at “7 Foods Your Heart Will Hate.”
One thigh of Kentucky Fried Chicken has 25 grams of fat – and hydrogenated fat at that, the kind that clogs your arteries worse than a 5 o’clock Atlanta traffic jam clogs the interstate.
Of course, you could always go for the Popcorn Chicken at KFC, but then you are looking at not only 1,300 calories but a whopping 80 grams of fat, 19 of which are saturated fat.
Of course, you can always blame me.
I came up with the idea for the blog article about a healthier version of Southern fried chicken after getting creative in my kitchen one evening.
I put together the pecan crust with a local Georgia seasoning and cooked the dish in coconut oil – the only oil that will withstand high heat cooking and is actually, for-real good for you, boosting your immune system, killing off viruses and microbes and eventually being burned for energy.
The whole thing was so delicious I thought my readers might enjoy the dish also.
You can read the Pecan Crusted Chicken Recipe and decide for yourself at this link.
Of course, the response wasn’t totally negative.
Before the photos of trashcans were posted on my Twitter feed, the blog was featured on The Needs website.
Fellow nutritionists retweeted the recipe. We get it – people do need healthier alternatives for the foods they have come to love. Most especially so, I might add, if you want to lose weight or are looking for weight loss foods or weight loss recipes.
“Help me lose weight,” I hear day in and day out. Step 1 might be to give up fried chicken A or B find a healthier recipe!
I have always found the best way to help anyone give up anything is to give them a substitute.
But apparently some people view their fried chicken as above and beyond improvement.
If this is you, please accept my sincere apologies.
Peace Be Unto You, #Strugglefriedchicken.