Is eating fries from takeaways unhealthy?

  • infinitefrien...

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    Jan 07, 2015 10:48 PM GMT
    What is the sensible portion per day/week?

    I am obsessed with fries, I just love how they taste but concerned about how they would interfere with my health.

    Why are they unhealthy?

    Are there any similar but healthy substitutes?

    Thanks
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    Jan 08, 2015 1:45 AM GMT
    Nope, fries are the healthiest food item you can eat. You should eat them frequently, every day, and in super large quantities.
  • venue35

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    Jan 08, 2015 1:47 AM GMT
    well since they are frozen the potatoe is of shitty quality. probably a chemical preservative in there as well. then they are fried and it aint organic olive oil.
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    Jan 08, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    The FDA has clearly stated that we should eat more vegetables. The French Fry is 100% vegetable. The potato itself is a member of the vegetable kingdom and the oil it is fried in is almost always vegetable oil as well. Vegetable oil is the most concentrated form of vegetables one can consume and once heated above 375 degrees, it releases the antioxidants that are so important for disease prevention. Although too much of anything can be bad so please limit your French Fry consumption to no more than 2 large McDonald's portions per day.
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    Jan 08, 2015 2:10 AM GMT
    Poutine is better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFbQVUlK6pc
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    Jan 08, 2015 2:24 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidNope, fries are the healthiest food item you can eat. You should eat them frequently, every day, and in super large quantities.

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    Jan 08, 2015 3:38 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidPoutine is better.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFbQVUlK6pc


    In New Orleans (founded by French Canadians) we go one better and put that shit between two slabs of French bread and make a sandwich of it (sans cheese curds). Although, we may dress it with cheese.
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    Jan 08, 2015 3:56 PM GMT
    In researching this I found that French fries are cooked in oil containing trans fat, which is unhealthy. Although McDonald's and others are transitioning to more healthy oils, I'm reading that trans fats are still present in French fries.

    Plus a typical portion of fries contains 300-500 calories, and over 20 grams of fat. That's on top of the hamburger or other food you're also eating.

    I rarely get fries with my own food, but sometimes will take a few fries from a friend's plate if they've got extra, because I do like good ones. After reading all this I don't think I'll even do that anymore.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 08, 2015 6:45 PM GMT
    Radd saidThe FDA has clearly stated that we should eat more vegetables. The French Fry is 100% vegetable. The potato itself is a member of the vegetable kingdom and the oil it is fried in is almost always vegetable oil as well. Vegetable oil is the most concentrated form of vegetables one can consume and once heated above 375 degrees, it releases the antioxidants that are so important for disease prevention. Although too much of anything can be bad so please limit your French Fry consumption to no more than 2 large McDonald's portions per day.

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    Jan 08, 2015 6:48 PM GMT
    Currently the food industry big and small have switched over to vegetable fats that when heated break down into toxic oxidative breakdown products like aldehydes (and other crap) and is poisoning and pickling us. Can't win for loosing apparently.

    I'll suggest reading a book by Nina Teicholz titled "The Big Fat Surprise. Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet".

    My big brother the lifetime vegetarian gave it to me after reading it and then eating a steak.

    If just a little bit of what she writes is true we have no F'in idea what is good and bad for us because the research, analysis and interpretation has been so poor and biased.

    Any of you who work in the sciences or academia know there is a lot of poorly done research going on quite likely in all fields of study. Big egos wanting to own the argument and be the center of attention and big business and their $$$ seriously influencing the path of research. Apparently and not surprisingly medical science is not immune from this and maybe even more susceptible.

    The book is not an easy read but not too bad either. It'd be a good book on tape for a road trip. Not sure if it's on a disc or digital yet.

    She is a journalist and good writer. She researched the history of fat in the human diet in the last 100 years.
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    Jan 08, 2015 6:54 PM GMT
    infinitefriend9 saidWhat is the sensible portion per day/week?


    Zero. You're welcome.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 09, 2015 12:00 AM GMT
    There is nothing wrong with eating fries. They are perfectly healthful as long as you eat them no more than once per year.
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    Jan 09, 2015 12:20 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidThere is nothing wrong with eating fries. They are perfectly healthful as long as you eat them no more than once per year.

    LOL! You and Ex_Mil8 sum it up nicely.

    I'll be a little more blunt: French fries are dietary death. At least the way they are in the US today. Maybe someday they'll be healthy enough, but not yet.

    You wanna clog up your heart arteries as quickly as possible, fine. Eat all you like. Along with many other fried foods. The taste they provide isn't worth the threat they promise.
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    Jan 09, 2015 5:54 AM GMT
    cut up a potato, add a little olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and bake in the oven. It's not rocket science.
  • wesv

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    Jan 09, 2015 6:23 AM GMT
    How funny that you asked this. I just had fries. They're generally not a healthy option. They're deep fried so that means a lot of saturated fat. Consuming it in moderation is fine. Also consider your metabolism. Is it fast? Is it slow? If it's slow, eat it even less often. My metabolism is fast and I eat it at most once a week.
  • FRE0

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    Jan 09, 2015 8:25 AM GMT
    wesv saidHow funny that you asked this. I just had fries. They're generally not a healthy option. They're deep fried so that means a lot of saturated fat. Consuming it in moderation is fine. Also consider your metabolism. Is it fast? Is it slow? If it's slow, eat it even less often. My metabolism is fast and I eat it at most once a week.


    You should quantify "moderation".
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    Jan 09, 2015 10:57 AM GMT
    venue35 saidwell since they are frozen the potatoe is of shitty quality. probably a chemical preservative in there as well. then they are fried and it aint organic olive oil.


    My health club had a talk on healthy fats. We're not to fry anything in liquid oil. Frying should be done with fats that are solid when stored. She specifically mentioned cooking with olive oil as a no-no. Liquid fats can be sprinkled on salads.
  • Trontastic

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    Jan 09, 2015 11:37 AM GMT
    Well, it's not as healthy as ordering a salad. Bit it's healthier than, say, chugging a bottle of ethanol.

    I think.
  • Scalese89

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    Jan 10, 2015 2:32 PM GMT
    I think it depends on where you purchase the fries but I'd be more concerned about the salt content than anything. I don't think fries are the unhealthiest thing you can eat but they're not great either. I've heard that potato in general has no nutritional value whatsoever so with that in mind, enjoy them away!