Wendy’s vs. Tim Horton’s Chili
Chili is one of my favourite foods, even in the summertime. In fact, I just made a big batch the other day in my crockpot and it was deee-lish! (Look for my new crockpot chili recipe in the November issue of Reader’s Digest.) It’s low in fat, full of fibre, and a big serving is roughly 300 calories…pretty low for a meal that’s filling and satisfying and not very “diet-like.”
But what about fast-food chili? I have to admit, I’ve always been a fan of Wendy’s chili (and their taco salad, til they changed it!) and I’ve never cared much for Tim Horton’s chili. Turns out that’s a GOOD thing! Here’s the run-down on Wendy’s vs Tim Horton’s chili when it comes to the nutritional numbers:
Wendy’s Chili (Large, 12 oz): 330 calories, 9 g fat, 3.5 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fats, 8 g fibre (good!), 1170 mg sodium (yikes!)
Tim Horton’s Chili (one size, 10 oz): 300 calories, 19 g fat (zoinks!), 7 g saturated fat (double Wendy’s!), 1 g trans fats, 4 g fibre (should be higher), and 1320 mg sodium (zowie!)
Judging by the nutritional numbers, I’d guess that Wendy’s chili contains more beans and less meat that Tim Horton’s chili, and you can bet the meat they’re using over at Tim Horton’s isn’t lean ground beef. That’s the only explanation I can come up with for the unbelievable 19 g of fat per bowl. My homemade chili with extra-lean ground beef and Italian sausage only has 9 g fat per 12 oz serving. And that’s using sausage! Go figure!
Obviously, the sodium levels in both chilis are through the roof, so if fast-food chili’s on your lunch menu, just make sure the rest of your meals that day are low-sodium choices. Better yet, make a big batch of homemade chili on the weekend (Have you tried The Ladle in Red from our ES&BM cookbook?) and freeze it in individual containers to take to work.
Have a great long weekend and we’ll see you next Tuesday!