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Is Wingstop Bad For You?



Short answer

Wingstop makes for a very fatty meal that is high in sodium. It should only be enjoyed on special occasions, like Monday night football, or avoided altogether.



Long answer

Wingstop is well known for its large variety of flavored wings and cajun seasoned fries. However, when it comes to nutritional information, the company leads consumers towards many dead ends. On their website, www.wingstop.com, clicking on “Nutritional information” leads you to a page that directs you to contact them with any nutritional questions. That said, if you do a web search, you can find a PDF from many years ago with nutritional information. Some of the information is unusual, such as celery sticks that contain 12g of protein!

The information below is reflective of a combination of outside sources, with consistent information. 

One meal combo containing ten of the popular garlic-parmesan wings and medium fries would cost you 82g of fat (25 of that is saturated fat), 1,450 calories, 1,030mg of sodium, and 72g of carbohydrates. If you prefer to go boneless, the numbers are similar, except for an increase of 117 carbohydrates. These are very high numbers. The fat alone is much more than what is recommended in one day.

At one time, the company boasted about their gluten-free menu. Since then, they have retracted the claim. On the good side, all of their items are made fresh and cooked to order. The breaded chicken is 100% white meat and it is the only menu item that has been previously frozen. All other menu items are fresh, including their fries which are hand-cut each morning.

The fat and sodium counts are definitely a concern. Also, any company that is not forthcoming about their ingredients and nutritional information, is difficult to trust. That said, we recommend eating at Wingstop only on special occasions. Many problems and side effects can arise if it becomes a regular part of your diet.

Possible short-term side effects

  • upset stomach
  • dehydration

Possible long-term side effects

  • hypertension
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity

Ingredients to be aware of

  • excess fat
  • excess carbs
  • excess sodium


  • use of 100% white meat
  • most items made fresh daily

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Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

Thank you for your feedback!

Written by DeeAnne Oldham
Published on: 12-29-2015
Last updated: 12-10-2016

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