New study finds the worst fries in America - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/28/10

New study finds the worst fries in America

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – They may be called french fries, but they're an American tradition, which is why it may hurt to read a new study on the home page of Yahoo.  It says the authors of the best selling weight loss series, "Eat This, Not That," have rounded up what they call three of the worst fries you can order at restaurants. 

They include the curly fries at Arbys, where even the smallest order contains 410 calories and 34 grams of fat.  The worst wedge fries are Jack in the Box bacon cheddar wedges at more than 700 calories and 45 grams of fat.  The so-called "worst fries for your blood pressure" are the Dairy Queen chili cheese fries with more than 1,200 calories and 71 grams of fat.  The study says the worst regular order of fries is Five Guys fries with more than 1,400 calories and 71 grams of fat, but the overall winner of the worst fries in America goes to Chilis Texas cheese fries with jalapeno ranch.  The order comes with more than 1,900 calories and 147 grams of fat. That's not to say you should never have your favorite french fries, but nutrition experts say just control "how much" and "how often".

"If you limit all of your favorite foods, then the first thing you're going to do when you're feeling low is go have a binge on the product," said Amanda Hays, a registered dietitian at Covenant.  "So if you can find a way to have just foods every once in a while that you love and not everyday then you'll be better off for it."

The study also says you'll find the healthiest fries, so to speak, at McDonalds because they've switched to cooking with a lighter oil.  A small order of fries there contains 230 calories with 11 grams of fat.  For more on all this and some healthy alternatives at each of these restaurants, please click here.

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