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March 22, 2013 9:30 AM
They're very calorically dense. I eat them occasionally by counting out 15. That works out to about 200 cals. Yikes!
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March 22, 2013 9:31 AM
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So the basic argument here is that fries have NO nutritional value at all? Really? I get the high fat and sodium, but potatoes somehow magically lose their nutritional value when fried? noway


the point is potatoes in general are a simple starch that should be eaten in moderation already, combine that with heat-damaged fats and you've got a food that isn't very nutritionally beneficial.
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March 22, 2013 10:07 AM
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So the basic argument here is that fries have NO nutritional value at all? Really? I get the high fat and sodium, but potatoes somehow magically lose their nutritional value when fried? noway


the point is potatoes in general are a simple starch that should be eaten in moderation already, combine that with heat-damaged fats and you've got a food that isn't very nutritionally beneficial.


Funny how opinions start morphing from the below into the above:

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they're empty calories that have no nutritional content.

May 5, 2013 11:31 AM
Here is why French fries are unhealthy:
1) Mcdonalds and other fast food chains lace their fries with HFCS
2) Putting ketchup on them is just more added sugar to the fries
3) If the fries keep the skin of the potatoes on them & if the oil used to fry them is unrefined, expellar pressed (and is using a healthy fat like Olive oil or Coconut oil and avoiding the vegetable oils) then french fries can be healthy
- The skin of the potato is incredible healthy so eat your fries with the skin
http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442459089
- Oils need to be unrefined and expellar pressed
http://www.westonaprice.org/know-your-fats/skinny-on-fats


5 guys, for example, makes french fries with the skin on them. And they do use Peanut oil, which can be healthy except its refined.

So, at home, if you use french fries without any added sugar and fry it with a healthy, unrefined, expeller pressed fat oil, then its possible that french fries can be healthy.

BTW here is a good list of bad and good oils

Keep in mind that if you are counting carbs, a potato is to be avoided.
May 5, 2013 11:34 AM
Because people believe potatoes are nutritionally challenged and of course deep frying anything is a heart attach, right? lol
May 5, 2013 11:34 AM
they are deep fried potatoes (which are already low glycemic) and then drowned in oil. they are greasy with all the nutrition - the little nutrition that was left in it - stripped off. how are they healthy?
May 5, 2013 11:42 AM
mmmMmmmmmM, I love french fries... Oh, and rum, oh and Peanut M&M's. Oh, and ice cream... oh,, and SYRUP... I F***ing LOVE LOVE LOVE syrup!!!!
May 5, 2013 11:43 AM
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I think it's the fact that they're fried in oil, which isn't good for you in excess. Plus, white potatoes are just a starch/carb with very little nutritional value. You could eat sweet potato and get much more out of it.

Of course, everything's okay in moderation.


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May 5, 2013 11:46 AM
I take a small potato, slice it lengthwise with the skin on, spray some olive oil on it, use a little seasoning, and bake. So good.
May 5, 2013 11:54 AM
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Plus, white potatoes are just a starch/carb with very little nutritional value.

well that's just not true.
Edited by glovepuppet On May 5, 2013 12:22 PM
May 5, 2013 12:17 PM
French fries are one of the few foods I do enjoy eating. Potatoes DO have nutritional value especially where potassium is concerned. I see the snarky responses that frying foods somehow make them unhealthy. Maybe yes maybe no but you are adding a lot of very unhealthy stuff that you do not need. Bake the fries wit the skins on! And no in moderation they are fine. But ANYTHING in excess is bad. The main idea here should not be just to lose weight but to get healthy. Potatoes should not be a daily thing but a couple times a week. Is not a bad thing.

Michelle
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May 5, 2013 12:26 PM
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French fries are one of the few foods I do enjoy eating. Potatoes DO have nutritional value especially where potassium is concerned. I see the snarky responses that frying foods somehow make them unhealthy. Maybe yes maybe no but you are adding a lot of very unhealthy stuff that you do not need. Bake the fries wit the skins on! And no in moderation they are fine. But ANYTHING in excess is bad. The main idea here should not be just to lose weight but to get healthy. Potatoes should not be a daily thing but a couple times a week. Is not a bad thing.

Michelle

''But let’s boil it down to basics. By itself, the humble potato has no fat, no cholesterol and no sodium. A medium potato is only 170 calories. It’s a great source of fiber and potassium.

Potatoes contain phytochemicals. These are protective substances that occur naturally in plants. They include compounds you may have heard of, such as antioxidants and flavonoids. And there is some evidence that they play a role in protecting us from illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and some cancers.

Potatoes come in a wide variety — 10,000 varieties, in fact. You can dress up the drab brown Russet by mixing in purple, red and gold potatoes. Some stores offer a premixed assortment, often sold in a small size called new potatoes.

Here are a few fast facts about potatoes:
A Russet baked potato has more potassium than the also-popular sweet potato and more than a banana.
•A potato is sodium-free and can be a good part of a low-sodium diet. Just don’t add salt!
•Americans will consume 112 pounds of potatoes per person in 2012.

And what about the potato skin? Is it fact or fiction that it is the healthiest part? Experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics say it’s true. When compared ounce for ounce, the skin has more nutrients.

But remember, being a root vegetable, the potato comes right out of the ground. So be sure to wash it well and remove any buds or blemishes.''

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