It's Time to Rethink Your Side of Fries

Find out why fried potatoes are a weapon of dietary destruction.

In the United States, potatoes are the most consumed vegetable, with Americans eating an average of 115.6 pounds a year. Yet, French fries are one of the most detrimental foods you can eat. Since potatoes aren’t a highly nutritious vegetable to begin with, when removing its skin, frying it in oil, and topping it off with salt, French fries turn into a food that is extremely lethal to our body's health. 

A study, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, states potatoes have a high glycemic index, causing French fries to increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Overall, the participants who ate French fries two to three times a week were at a higher risk of death. 

However, there are paths we can follow to promote a healthier lifestyle. For starters, consider portion. Eric Rimm, a professor in the department of epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard University stated, “I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French Fries.”

Additionally, beware of condiments and toppings, oils, and cuts. Condiments and toppings can really pack on the calories – a packet of mayonnaise can add nearly 100 calories. Also, choose your cuts wisely. Homemade baked fries are the healthiest. If you are out, home fries and sweet potato fries are your best options. However, restaurants are notorious for reusing oils, promoting the creation of unhealthy fatty acids, so be cautious about where you are getting your fries. 

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