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Fast Food Breakdown: French Fries

What is it about french fries that makes us crave them so? Is it the saltiness? The crispy outside and soft, warm inside? Is it that they make ketchup taste so good?

Well whatever the reason, people love them and fast-food joints know that. Unfortunately deep-fried foods aren't exactly healthy for us, which we know, but maybe seeing some actual numbers will help prevent us from ordering the super-size fries at Mickey D's next time.

Want to see the nutritional info? Then

Check out how a large-size order of fries compares at these popular fast-food chains.

Place Calories Trans Fat (g) Sodium (mg)
McDonald's 570 8 330
Burger King 500 6 820
Wendy's 540 1 550
Arby's Homestyle 566 1 1,029
Arby's Curly 631 1 1,476
Hardee's Regular 610 unknown 370
Hardee's Crispy Curls 480 unknown 1,190
A&W Regular 430 5.5 640
A&W Chili Cheese 400 4 990
In-N-Out Burger 400 0 245
Jack in the Box Natural Cut 640 10 1180
Jack in the Box Seasoned Curly 550 10 1,200
White Castle 700 11 560
Sonic Regular 280 0 135
Sonic Chili Cheese 450 .5 610
Dairy Queen 730 5 1,530
Carl's Jr. 620 unknown 380
Popeyes 310 1 660
KFC Potato Wedges 260 0 740

Whoa, hang on a sec. Did I read those numbers from Dairy Queen correctly? 730 calories and 1,530mg of sodium? Yikes. I've never tried their french fries but they better be the best-tasting potatoes in the world. White Castle's fries aren't too far behind with 700 calories and a whopping 11g of trans fat. The worst thing is that people eat these on the side. If french fries contain this many calories, I don't even want to think about what the total number of calories would be if you ate them along with a burger.

If these numbers don't make you steer clear of fast-food french fries, maybe this video about McDonald's preservatives will seal the deal. It's disgustingly shocking. It makes you realize that it's not only the trans fat, calories, and sodium that are unhealthy, but you have no idea what kind of crap and chemicals these fast-food chains are putting into their food, and how it'll negatively affect your body.


mod16 mod16 8 years
wow. jack in the box takes the cake
almostloli almostloli 9 years
oh how i love breakdowns. haha
crystahl crystahl 9 years
i stay away from fast food... but just hearing french fries mentioned makes me want them NOW! lol. I MUST RESIST... my mom buys some great oraganic fries made with sea salt... tasty.. wish i could remember the brand name...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I rarely eat fast food however when I do have french fries, it's from Wendy's (I order a small size.) Yes, it isn't healthy however it's only a 5 times a year and I make sure to eat a 200-300 calorie yet fiber rich breakfast & lunch; that way when I splurge on a Wendy's spicy chicken sandwich w/ a small order of fries, it won't be as calorie crazy as if I had a 450 calorie breakfast & lunch.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I haven't been to a fast food restaurant for like 12 years or something. When I was 6 or 7 I used to go to McDonalds every now and then with my mum and she would get me the Happy Meal, and that was the last time. Now I can't stand them, the smell, the food... ew. I can't even get into one. girllove, I also prepare fries at home every now and then, with olive oil and I also cut them myslef ; )
pyleela pyleela 9 years
Yeah In-n-Out! :o)
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Mmmmmm fries!! I'm going to In-n-Out tonight...their fries are delish!!!
Nita28 Nita28 9 years
Fries are my fav. :(
Peyote Peyote 9 years
JUST SAY NO TO FAST FOOD!! Your body deserves so much better!
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
I make my own French fries (actually Belgian fries), by cutting them fresh at home and frying them in olive oil :) myum
killitded83 killitded83 9 years
o noes ...i LIVE for fries. =[
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Instead of by ORDER size, I'd like to see this chart done showing ounces (or cups, some sort of quantifier) of potatoes.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
mmmmm. In N Out :drool: love those hamburgers and fries. And you see them cook em too. I know what I'm having for lunch today!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'm kinda impressed with KFC's Potato Wedges.. that's not TOO bad.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i'm all about in-n-out fries as a splurge.
DejaVecu DejaVecu 9 years
Oven fries! Leave a little skin on them. YUM. And they aren't fried, much better for you and they taste better too. (I hate salty.) Baked potato too. Really, it's just about that potato taste for me.
caryatid caryatid 9 years
another reason sonic is awesome!
jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
i almost didn't want to read this so i could live blissfully in my ignorance. oh well. guess if i must indulge i'll head to kfc for a fix.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
My pick off that list is the curly fries at Arby's! They're so tasty. But I only have them maybe twice a year, and I always split the order with my family. Aside from that, I hardly EVER eat fries. They just don't appeal to me.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
So sad, but not surprising. It's a splurge for sure, but they're probably best saved for occasional times.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
French Fries are awful for you, but I just love's my one vice (as well as candy, but that's a different subject all it's own). However I have gotten better at resisting the temptation...of course now that I've happened upon and Ollie's Trolley in the area...well...I'm fighting!!!!
emalove emalove 9 years
I don't really like french fries...I randomly started disliking them about a year or two ago. Sweet potato fries, on the other hand...I could eat a ton of those!
Allytta Allytta 9 years
what about home made french fries? not deep-fried? canola oil and charlotte potatoes and sea-salt.
thedingo thedingo 9 years
I love fries too, but I like to make my own. My trick is to put them in boiling water just long enough to get them wamr but not to have them release their starch and sugars. Then I dry them and wait until they're cool and bake them. I don't need any oil. And they're tasty.
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