You should already know that French fries contain a large amount of fat without any useful nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and proteins. This means you should try to avoid them as much as you can.
On the other hand if you really, really like them, than make sure they are prepared at home and well drained from any excess oil. It would be great if the oil is the only problem but I`m afraid it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
According to Dr. Christopher Ochner from the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center a portion of French fries contains 500 calories, 63 grams of carbohydrates, 25 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber and proteins and 350mg of sodium. We would be lucky if the list ends here but unfortunately it doesn’t.
Before they are taken to the restaurant the French fries are already fired once and then frozen. Because most of the oil is combined with hydrogenated soybean oil the unsaturated fat becomes saturated thus preventing the oil from going rancid. We all know that trans fats are often associates with many heart diseases.
Even though the Citric Acid, (a common preservative) is considered safe, the fact that potatoes last for months worries most of the food experts.
TBHQ is another but extremely powerful preservative present in French fries than can be found in many products. Unfortunately it is often linked with DNA structural damages and peptic ulcer in many animal studies.
Believe it or not Dextrose right after potatoes and oil is the third ingredient contained in French fries. According to latest research sugar can be worse that fat because our bodies can convert sugar into fat far more easily than fat into fat.
Phosphates is the ingredient responsible for the fresh look of the fries and for the golden brown color than lasts up to two months. This same ingredient can be found in many other commercially prepared foods like pudding, cakes, cold meat, canned fish, waffles and pancakes.
Now, after knowing all this would you really dare to eat McDonald’s French fries ever again?