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Buffalo Wild Wings for People with Diabetes — Everything You Need to Know!

Buffalo Wild Wings for People with Diabetes — Everything You Need to Know!

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: December 01, 2021   
Published: December 01, 2021   

Buffalo Wild Wings for People with Diabetes — Everything You Need to Know!Buffalo Wild Wings for People with Diabetes — Everything You Need to Know!
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Buffalo Wild Wings is known for its delicious, high-fat bar food. Although its large menu also contains healthy salads, poultry meals, and even a black-bean burger, the majority of the main courses, sides, and appetizers contain a lot of calories, carbs fat, saturated fat, and sodium.

If you have diabetes, it may not be that easy to find something suitable to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings without going over the recommended carbs and sugar intake. Fortunately, some items are healthier than others, but you'll need to have a close look at the nutritional information on the menu before ordering.

Here is what you can enjoy at Buffalo Wild Wings if you are on a low-carb diet.

Chicken Wings and Tenders

Buffalo Wild Wings is famous for its chicken wings and tenders, which are served on a bun. They can be customized with more than 20 sauces and a range of dry seasonings.

Tenders can be ordered naked or hand-breaded, and the restaurant's wings and tenders can be requested standard or boneless. Traditional wings that are not seasoned with additional seasonings are the lowest sodium alternative.

Naked tenders are the lowest in calories, but they are also the highest in sodium because they are already seasoned with salt and pepper. A small order of Naked tenders (3 pieces) contains 160 calories, 0 gram of carbohydrate, 1 gram of fat, 0 gram of saturated fat, and 37 grams of protein.

A small order of traditional wings (6 pieces) has 0 grams of carbohydrates, 430 calories, 24 grams of fat (8 grams of saturated fat), 0 grams of fiber, 53 grams of protein, and 160 milligrams of sodium. This doesn't include any rub or sauce.


Sauces and Seasonings

More than 20 signature dry seasonings and sauces are available at Buffalo Wild Wings. This is where you can make your order healthier by customizing it. The majority of the sauces contain a lot of calories, sugar, and sodium.

Check out the nutrition guide to see which foods are ideal for you based on the carbs and sugar content.

With sauces, portion control is extremely crucial. The nutrition facts below are based on the portion size that comes with a six-piece classic wing order.

  • Desert Heat Seasoning — 1 gram of carbohydrates and 5 calories
  • Salt and Vinegar Sauce — 1 gram of carbohydrates and 5 calories
  • Thai Curry Sauce — 4 grams of carbohydrates and 150 calories

Bar Food

Because the food in this section of the menu is meant to be shared, it contains the highest calorie content. Make sure you avoid all things bread here as well as most of the sauces because they typically have too many carbs and sugar. 

The chicken street tacos are one of the safest options here for someone with diabetes. They have 570 calories, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 36 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 33 grams of protein, and 2280 milligrams of sodium.

This dish is packed with protein and fresh vegetables, with pulled chicken and pico de gallo to keep it spicy and flavorful. You can reduce the amount of carbs even further by removing some or all of the taco shell.


Sandwiches and wraps

This part of the menu features a variety of chicken and beef-based sandwiches and wraps. The majority contain between 500 and 800 calories, although all have a significant carbs content. If possible, order grilled chicken, remove some or all of the bread and ask for sauces on the side to reduce both calories and carbs.

A serving of grilled chicken Buffalitos contains 490 calories, 20 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 37 grams of carbohydrate, 41 grams of protein, and 1600 milligrams of sodium. These pulled chicken tacos come with house-made pico de gallo and your choice of sauces, which you should skip to reduce the amount of carbs.


Sides and salads

On the sides menu, you'll find fried dishes such as French fries and onion rings, as well as vegetable-based sides like veggie slaw and side salad. This is a great time to include some vegetables in your order. The French fries and onion rings are best to be avoided because they have too many carbs.

When ordering a salad, specify that you don't want any bread, croutons, or salad dressings on the side. This allows you to eliminate the carbs and keep the calories in the dressings within your control.


Bottom line

The menu selections of Buffalo Wild Wings are typically rich in carbs and sugar. However, there are a few foods that can fit into a healthy diet especially if you order smaller servings or servings that are easy to share.

If you're on a low-carb diet, stay away from extra seasonings, sauces, bread, wraps, French fries and dressings. Instead, opt for high-protein dishes and choose just water or unsweetened tea as a drink.

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