Healthy, of course, is a relative term here, but there’s a golden, delicious, micronutrient-deficient fry that stands above all the rest.
Along with sugary sodas, fries often take the lion’s share of the blame for what really hurts a fast food combo meal. But not all fast food fries are created equal. Their recipes are different. Their salt and fat ratios are different. And if I’m to believe the guy who sold me fries in Idaho, even the types of potatoes they use are different.
So, in an effort to identify the healthiest of these golden, delicious, micronutrient-deficient side dishes at your favorite fast-food chain, let’s throw them all on a board and create an honest platform for comparison. To keep things as apple-apple-fry as possible (or I guess, in this case, fries-fries), I use the medium-sized versions of every fast food restaurant’s fries offering, or at least the version closest to a McDonald’s stand in the absence of a set portion of “medium” or “regular” fries.
The most obvious thing here is how obnoxiously Huge the size of the “regular” Five Guys fries is. So much so that if you eat an entire serving on a 2,000 calorie a day diet, you’ve already reached half that total on fries alone. All the other fast-food behemoths keep their fries portions between 100 grams and 200 grams, so they’re at least within a respectable range of each other.
There are other things I could mention, but they’re more easily identified when we break these fries down by gram. Please keep in mind that the rounding rules for nutritional values mean that numbers that are within tenths or hundredths of each other may be much more similar than the numbers indicate, so what we are really looking for, these are glaring disparities that cannot be explained. by a small margin of error.
Once everything was normalized, it becomes crystal clear why Arby’s removed home fries from its menu – their sodium content per gram (6.47 milligrams) was two to three times the amount administered by others and let you push the midline of the recommended maximum daily sodium intake on your own. As we all know at this point, consuming too much sodium on a regular basis will increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and leaching calcium from your bones.
Removing Arby’s salty abomination from the equation, which they’ve already done IRL, fast food fries are actually pretty much the same – at least nutritionally – the only thing that’s really adjustable being the sodium content. With that in mind, in a clash of shocks, McDonald’s is the proud owner of arguably the healthiest fries on this list, all things considered. Given nutrition rounding rules, McDonald’s fries realistically tie in with Chick-fil-A for having the lowest sodium content per gram, but unlike Chick-fil-A, they don’t drift towards the top of the fat range. .
So, again, Mickey D’s of all places has the fries that are arguably the least detrimental to your health on average.
Even if you consider their relatively small portion size to be Hamburglar-style stealing, it’s still not Grimace.