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Thursday, February 25, 2010

French Fries: Healthy? No. Delicous? Definitely.

I love french fries! As a matter of fact, I don't think I know anyone who isn't a fan of these deep fried salty devils. However, as wonderful of a party as they throw in your mouth, they're not good for you.

They have tons of calories, sodium & fat. None of this stops me from eating them at least once a week but still...they're not healthy.

I was reading the news this morning when I came across an article naming Fast food's most unhealthy french fries & being the curious girl that I decided to take a gander.

The article & study was conducted by Men's Health & they state that Americans are eating (on average) 1,100 calorie meals (meaning meals with sides) each, which is over 1/2 a days allotment. This is insane when you see it in writing...I cant believe that my Carl's Jr #1 combo could add up to the calories I could have eaten in 3 meals/snacks. Totally eye opening.

The authors of Eat This, Not That! & Cook This, Not That! (great books to have on hand btw) have rounded up some of the worst orders of fries available at chain restaurants across the U.S. for us:

Worst Curly Fries: Arby’s Curly Fries
(Large)640 calories; 34 g fat (5 g saturated, 0 g trans); 1,460 mg sodium

Worst Wedge Fries: Jack in the Box Bacon Cheddar Wedges
715 calories; 45 g fat (13 g saturated, 1 g trans); 905 mg sodium

Worst Fries for Your Blood Pressure: Dairy Queen Chili Cheese Fries
1,240 calories; 71 g fat (28 g saturated, 0.5 g trans); 2,550 milligrams sodium

Worst Regular Order of Fries: Five Guys Fries
(large)1,464 calories; 71 g fat (14 g saturated); 213 mg sodium

Worst Fries in America: Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries w/Jalapeno Ranch
1,920 calories; 147 g fat (63 g saturated); 3,580 mg sodium

Seeing chili cheese fries listed on there hurts my heart & not in the 'I'm having a heart attack' kind of way (I love you chili cheese fries!). But fear not my fellow fry lovers...there is some semi-good news in all this fry trash talk. The article also lists a place that carries Fries that are semi-ok to eat if you just have to have your fry fix.

Best Fast Food Fries in America: McDonald’s Small French Fries
230 calories; 11 g fat (1.5 g saturated); 160 mg sodium
*Out of the big three fast food joints (Mickey D’s, Wendy’s, and BK), you’ll find the least caloric, least salty fries underneath the golden arches. The key to ordering a smart side dish is portion sizing—and McDonald’s has that under control.*

Yes siree bob, the golden arch (not to be confused with a golden shower *eww*) has the best fries you can eat. Hard to believe isn't it? I was surprised. I don't know if it's just the McyD's around my house but they always seem to over salt them. This is something totally not cool when you hyperthyroidism & are supposed to limit your salt intake. Eating a small fry there is like eating a month worth of salt. No joke.

If you're interested or have some free time, check out these interesting finds:
The 30 Worst Sandwiches in America
The 20 Worst Restaurant Foods in America
The Worst Beverages in the Supermarket


7 comments:

  1. I am CRACKING up at the golden arches not golden showers! bwahhahahaa!!!!

    I think it might just be your McD's... ours has the art of french fries down PERFECTLY!

    I think we're long lost sisters. Seriously. I heart you and your french fry eating, coldstone inhaling, disneyland going ways

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  2. Bah my dad posted that Eat This, Not That article (he posts them allll the time) and it just depressed me so I quit reading it lol!

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  3. I remember watching "Super Size Me," that documentary by that guy who ate nothing by McDonald's for a month, and he put McD's french fries and french fries from other places in this like storage thing, and after a few weeks, the other french fries had all gotten moldy and gross, but the McD's fries looked exactly the same... it was weird...no idea why! I still eat them though!

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  4. I read this. I was curious b/c I'm sure In N Out wasn't on this as it is regional. Normal In N Out fries are:
    Size 125 g
    Calories 400
    Total Fat 18 g
    Saturated 5 g

    My husband LOVES the animal style fries. They are:
    Calories 660
    Total Fat 42 g
    Saturated 17 g

    The McD's fries are 71g. So, the comparison per gram between In N Out and McD is interesting. In N Out fries are less calories per gram at 3.20 (McD 3.23), less fat per gram .144 (McD .155), but MORE Sat fat per gram .04 (McD .02). Supposedly, In N Out fries have only 2 grams of fiber per 125g serving, but McD's has 3g in the 71g serving. Sounds fishy to me because In N Out fries are made from fresh and would have more fiber integrity b/c they have not been frozen and also tend to include more skin.

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  5. Wow McDonald'sis on a GOOD list. I am so excite for them. I am not a big McDonalds fan actually. But while I was preggo i lived on their fries, only thing I could hold down. Guess I was eating healthy! LOL

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

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  6. What' weird is that when I was pregnant with Madelyn? I couldn't eat fries. I hated them. Wth?!

    And we love Five Guys...thank God we don't eat there regularly and we share a thing of fries!

    xoxo

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  7. wow i'm totally surprised that mcdonald's french fries have less calories than in n outs. in n outs are all organic and gluten free and AMAZING!!! nom nom nom

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