Frozen French Fries: Good or Bad?

by in Healthy Tips, April 13, 2012
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Are frozen fries healthy?

Think a box of frozen taters are a healthier option? We’ll fill you in on the pros and cons, plus give you a homemade alternative.

Good?
Frozen fries offer convenience – pop ‘em on a cookie sheet and toss in the oven. Your grocer’s freezer is bursting with a wide array of options in different shapes, sizes and flavorings. You can also find certified organic and sweet potato varieties.

Frozen sacks are easy to store and may be able to help with portion control – you can take out a moderate-sized portion (about 200 calories worth per person) and tuck the rest back in the freezer.

Bad?
Frozen fries are still fried! Even worse, many brands use trans fats and palm oil which aren’t ideal for heart health. While fries do need a sprinkle of salt, many bagged brands have at least 15% of the daily recommendation of sodium per serving.

Homemade
While it does take a little more work initially, you can make your own frozen fries. Slice potatoes into desired shape (make them the same size so they cook evenly). Blanch in boiling water for 3 minutes and transfer to a baking sheet lined with a clean kitchen towel. Pat dry, remove towel and spread fries out in one even layer. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes. Transfer partially frozen spuds to a freezer-safe bag and store in the freezer.

When ready to cook, place the fries on a baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 400 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

Bottom Line: Frozen fries aren’t always the healthiest alternative so be sure to read labels and watch portions if you choose to buy them. Better yet, opt to make your own.

Tell Us: We’re planning a taste test. What’s your favorite brand of frozen fries?

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Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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  3. Pam says:

    The Alexia fries are very good. My favorite is the unseasoned sweet potato fry.

  4. Kelly Johnson says:

    I don't understand America's fascination with bacon. Pork is one of the absolute worst things in the world you can eat (if you care about your health at all). Seriously, I just don't get it. Why would you do that do your body? I guess that's why this nation is so fat. Most people just don't care.

  5. Kelly Johnson says:

    Why did my bacon comment post on the french fry article?

    • Andy Shanley says:

      Probably because it was too hard see that you were posting the wrong thread on that high horse of yours. I would say that life's too short not to eat bacon. Oh, I care what a lot about what I eat. Fat is an essential macro-nutrient same with carbohydrates. People should have a certain fat intake for a balanced diet, something near 30% of calories from fat.

      • Bevy J. says:

        Well said!

      • Kathi says:

        I concur 100% that Pork and Bacon are necessary. Just remember – moderation is the key here – so no – you should NOT eat a pound of bacon yourself every day. But it is okay to have like a BLT with 3 – 4 slices of real bacon on it. Yum-Oh!!

  6. Iluvspuds says:

    Mmmmmmmm….. french fries……

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  9. Bevy J. says:

    My favorite frozen brand of French-Fries are Ore-Ida fast food fries (of course), but you can't beat the" real thing" done the twice fried method by someone who knows what they're doing.

  10. Derrett Craig says:

    Yu are eating God food. sometime is good or bad for you. I am over middle age. fattest food is too much for me. we love to eat. my mother's and I have to eat less fried food. McDonald's french fries has good taste of fries. worst french fries in american. we cook our own fries. sometime. watch your high blood preasure and avoid stroke. Burger King new sweet fries steal the show.Total calories: 390 in a medium order. Fat grams: 21 Dietary fiber:5g.sodium.720mg.carbs:48g.

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