Burger King just announced a new product – diet French fries! But, is a “diet fry” for real? As with most nutrition-related topics, the answer isn’t clearly “yes” or “no.”
Yes, Burger King’s new “Satisfries” are better than regular French fries. They contain about 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than regular fries. And, that’s almost 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than their closest competitor, McDonald’s fries.
No, these fries are not really “healthy,” though. A regular serving still contains 11 grams of fat and 270 calories, so they are hardly “diet” food. Also, they contain all of the same ingredients as regular fries, but Burger King has said that it “manipulates” the amounts of a few ingredients, but they won’t say which ones or how they manipulate them.
We often tell people that every healthy choice makes a difference. Substituting Satisfries for regular fries would fall into that category. By substituting Satisfries, a person could reduce their calorie intake by about 70 calories and 4 grams of fat. That helps, but our concern is that, because they are being marketed as “better” for you and a “healthy alternative,” people may eat more Satisfries than they normally would. If people perceive that Satisfries are ok and eat more of them, then they could actually consume more calories and fat than they would by eating regular fries.
In the end, it is good to have a healthier alternative to regular fries. It is up to each person to make healthy choices while monitoring their own calorie and fat intake each day.
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