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McDonalds Fries

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

McDonalds, a Good Fast Food Restaurant for Dieters

While some Diet Gurus will condemn fast food eateries, let's be blatantly honest. Are you prepared to never step food inside a fast food restaurant again? Even after your diet plan ends?

Most will answer - no, that they will at some point return to their fast food restaurants for a meal or two or three. See, this is the key to keeping off that lost weight permanently - the key to maintaining one's recommended body weight. That vital golden key involves management of the foods and drinks that we choose to eat and drink - including the calories contained within.

While we can dine on sweet potatoes, white potatoes, corn, winter squash, mangos, pineapple, avocado, pineapple, low fat dairy foods, lean meats and whole grain breads and cereals - all of these foods which we have listed contain about 100 - and at times, even more calories per serving. This is without added fats, dressings and other ingredients.

Therefore, it's vital that when we choose what to eat that we base our choices on both the quality of the food as well as the energy values contained within our food - and drink. In fact, beverages can account for numerous calories within the daily diet, often filled with excess sugar grams.

So.....what about fries? You know....the ones at McDonalds? They are indeed our top pick as the best on Planet Earth.

Calories, Nutrition Facts for McDonalds Fries

Of course you can enjoy a serving of fries at McDonalds. Another key that is revealed at this stage is named 'Moderation'. A healthy eating plan is one that includes all foods in moderation. Yes, even the fried potato.

What we like most about McDonalds fries is the flavor and texture. Other things that we like include:

1. They don't over-salt them.
2. The serving amounts are generous for each size that is offered.
3. They don't over-fry them, thus cutting back on acrylamides which have been linked to an increased rate of cancer in animal studies.

Let's look at the nutrition facts, including the calories contained in McDonalds Fries:

Size of French Fries
Serving Size Weight

Calories

% Fat

Total Fat

Sat Fat

Trans Fat

Sodium

Carbs

Fiber

Sugar

Protein

Units>>>

Kcals

Kcals

grams

grams

grams

grams

grams

grams

grams

grams

Small, 71 g

230

100

11

1.5

0

160

29

3

0

3

Medium, 117 g

380

170

19

2.5

0

270

48

5

0

4

Large, 154 g

500

220

25

3.5

0

350

63

6

0

6

Calories Compared to Other Fast Food Restaurants

So how does the calories compare to other popular fast food restaurants? Let's see....

Jack in the Box Restaurant - the energy values are higher than at McDonalds & the sodium content is off the wall.

Small Fry: 330 calories, 15 total fat grams, 610 sodium milligrams.
Medium Fry: 450 calories, 21 total fat g, 820 sodium mg's.
Large Fry: 610 calories, 28 total fat g, 1120 sodium mg's.

Wendy's Restaurant - closer to the values found in McDonalds fries but still exceed the negative nutrition values.

Small Fry: 310 calories, 15 total fat grams, 330 sodium milligrams.
Medium Fry: 410 calories, 20 total fat g, 440 sodium mg's.
Large Fry: 500 calories, 24 total fat g, 540 sodium mg's.

Dairy Queen Restaurant - horrible sodium content mirroring Jack's fries.

Regular Fry: 380 calories, 17 total fat grams, 790 sodium milligrams.
Large Fry: 490 calories, 21 total fat g, 1030 sodium mg's.

The regular size weighs 142 grams, the large is 184 g - so the serving sizes are quite generous. In comparison to McDonalds fries, they almost mirror caloric values but things fall apart when we view the salt content at Dairy Queen.

Really - please let us start adding more salt if we want more, people!

 

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