The popular French fries contain huge amounts of fat and they also are low in useful nutrients (vitamins, protein, antioxidants, and minerals), so maybe you know that you shouldn’t eat them frequently.
But if you like this food, you might want to prepare it at your home and drain the excess oil, so on this way you don’t end with an oil-loaded serving. But, the excess oil is not the only problem here, the French fries have so many suspicious preservatives.
Can you think of what you really eat every time when you order French fries?
The research from Dr. Christopher Ochner provided at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at the St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center discovered that one portion of French fries has 25 g of fat, 500 calories, 63 g of carbohydrates, 6 g of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 350 mg of sodium. But this list doesn’t end here.
The vegetarians might be shocked by the fact that the owners of some fast food restaurants use beef flavorings that contain hydrolyzed wheat and milk.
- Vegetable oil (blend)
French fries are already fried before the freezing, then once again in the restaurant. Most of the oil used in the deep fryer is mixed with the hydrogenated soybean oil. When the soybean oil goes through the process of hydrogenation, the unsaturated fat becomes saturated. That prevents the oil to go rancid, but the trans fats are usually connected with a higher risk of heart disease.
This very powerful preservative can be found in many products. The animal studies have associated it with DNA structural and peptic ulcer damages.
This ingredient makes the French fries to look fresh for long time and keep that golden brown color for up to 2 months. This ingredient is also found in commercially prepared pudding, cakes, pancakes, waffles, canned fish and cold meat.
Sugar again. The issue is that this is the 3rd ingredients in the French fries regarding the amount, after oil and potatoes. The newest research shows that the body can easily convert the sugar into fat than it can convert fat into fat. So, the sugar can be worse than the fat.