Update (8-27-12): See Buffalo Wild Wing’s latest nutrition-related blunder here.
Wing Tuesdays? Buffalo Wild Wings. Boneless Thursdays? Buffalo Wild Wings. The national famous-for-their-wings sports bar took the nation by storm many years ago and continues to gain fans as each local BWW restaurant entices hungry visitors by offering various promotions in addition to their already popular Tuesday and Thursday specials. In some BWW restaurants, for example, they’ve extended their $0.60 boneless wing Thursdays to include Monday as well. Other BWW restaurants offer $1.00 chicken tenders on Wednesdays, to give another example. These deals are very valuable compared to their normal pricing.
However, there’s something very deceiving about Buffalo Wild Wings. Try scavenging their website for nutritional information. You won’t find any! In fact, this picture below shows what Buffalo Wild Wings has to say to anyone that’s wondering how to get a hold of a BWW Nutrition Guide.
This comes directly from their website and the image above: “Nutritional information can be obtained on all Buffalo Wild Wings menu item by contacting us directly through our web site. Use the Contact Us link and request this information. We will send a PDF version and answer any other BWW dietary question you may have.” P.S. – Can you find the two grammar errors in their statement?
Buffalo Wild Wings will promptly send you a nutrition guide, but the fact that you have to ASK them for it makes it seem like they’re hiding something. And they are. For those of you that visit Buffalo Wild Wings and order, say, ten boneless wings, here are the nutrition facts of consuming that (according to the restaurant):
880 calories, 550 calories from fat, 60 grams of fat, 20 grams of saturated fat, 210 mg of cholesterol, 1780 mg of sodium, 30 grams of carbohydrates, and 50 grams of protein.
Those ten boneless wings are certainly bad for you, and of course there are worse things out there for you, but those figures are without any of the sauces taken into account. The following are the nutrition facts of consuming 2 ounces of Teriyaki sauce (BWW claims to use 1 oz per every 5 boneless wings):
2200 mg of sodium. The other nutrition information is negligible, and only on sauces like their Parmesan garlic do you find any substancial amount of fat (24 grams per 2 oz. or 10 boneless wings).
So, those ten boneless wings you are consuming equates to approximately 4000 mg of sodium. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your sodium intake to less than 2,000 milligrams per day. Add in whatever you ate throughout the day before your visit to BWWs and after your visit, and you’ll have one large number.
Oh, and that yummy Ranch dressing? Each serving size is an additional 30 grams of fat and 440 calories. And those cups they give you have more than one serving size!
On a last note, their naked tenders, while about the same in sodium content compared to their breaded and fried counterparts, are substantially healthier in terms of calories, calories from fat, fat, and cholesterol. Unfortunately, they have less than half the protein as the breaded tenders.
OneMorePound.com uploaded the BWW nutrition guide to the Internet, although it is dated and was current as of 2009. To view the nutrition guide, click here.
Check out this article titled Buffalo Wild Wings Nutrition Coverup? to see Buffalo Wild Wing’s latest nutrition-related blunder that involves using a sticker to literally “cover up” their problem!