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Sweet Potato Fries: Are They Healthy?

We are repeatedly reminded to avoid french fries for a wide variety of reasons, and one of those reasons is they make us wider! But what about their more healthy-seeming cousin: sweet potato fries?


Most restaurants use hydrogenated vegetable oil to cook up fries, and that oil is known to clog your arteries, promote heart disease, interrupt metabolic processes, cause belly fat that crowds the organs and strains the heart, and increase cancer risk. Starchy foods subjected to high heat create acrylamides, which a Swedish study found to cause cancer in rats. Things like brain-cell function, hormones, gland function, oxygen transport, cell-wall function, and digestive-tract operation are also negatively affected by hydrogenated oil.

Do you think they have a separate vat of heart-healthy canola oil waiting to fry up your sweet potato fries? No such luck.

While sweet potatoes are considered a great source of vitamin A, I'm sorry to break the news to you, they're still deep-fried. For that reason alone, you're better off ordering a baked potato, or better yet, a side salad, with your meal.

Following food philosopher Michael Pollan's advice, if you're craving junk food, make it yourself. DIY sweet potato fries are easy to bake: cut up a couple of sweet spuds, drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then bake. For a little more guidance, check out this sweet potato french fry recipe.

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imLissy imLissy 4 years
i don't care how unhealthy they are, they're delicious! i only have them maybe once or twice a month. won't kill me
Lagasse2005 Lagasse2005 8 years
ooh good call on the curried yam fries....I'll have to try that, I live in tater country, we grow everything from blue potatoes to sweet potatoes and I eat potato everything, I haven't tried butternut squash though, sounds good too!
McWifey0127 McWifey0127 8 years
*I Love my McLife* I make butternut squash fries...so good!
SaraSmile SaraSmile 8 years
I am having sweet potato chips for lunch - homemade, just not by me - and they are so amazingly good. I love love love sweet potatoes, but also fries in general.
alisnot alisnot 8 years
when restaurants/fast food chains start figuring out that they should be offering baked "fries" as well as fried, they're going to make a boatload of cash.
Neural Neural 8 years
Mmmmm.... all fries sound yummy right now!
SU3 SU3 8 years
mmm... I definitely prefer baking my own. They taste so much better!
nicachica nicachica 8 years
i normally don't like sweet potatoes, but my mom made some sweet potato fries for Thanksgiving this past year and they were so freakin yummy! we used a Weight Watchers recipie and it turned out great!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
Mmmmmmmmmmmmm the sweet potato fries at Fresh in Toronto are the BEST!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Well they sure are good!
Fitness Fitness 8 years
Mmmmm scratch 5 - I like Alexia fries too. And they come in so many flavors - my girls love the waffle cut fries the best.
koreniebear koreniebear 8 years
hey...i just tried those the other night. they were good but the lady who made em, made em WAY to spicy. otherwise...surprisanly good
joyofadventure joyofadventure 8 years
i love sweet potato fries!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 8 years
Fit, good call on making your own! I do the same whenever I get a craving.
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
I luuuuuurve sweet potato fries with just a smidge of sugar.
goldenfro goldenfro 8 years
I heart yam fries...seriously! There's a great bar in my hood that serves them piping hot and I kill off the plate in 2 seconds! Care to share your recipe "chikeebabe"?
rookie rookie 8 years
I bake sweet potatoes and regular potatoes into "fries". So yummy! I like the regular potatoes better, but the sweet potatoes sure take off the guilt.
Chikeebabe Chikeebabe 8 years
I make baked Yam fries with curry and they are SUPER yummy!!!!
scratch5 scratch5 8 years
I bake Alexa ( i think that is the brand name) yam fries at home. they arer super tasty and much better than anything fried and better for you than white potatoes.
theworldloves theworldloves 8 years
I have never had these, but I bet they would be much healthier and yummier than regular fries
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