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Fast-Food French Fries: Which Are Healthiest?

The 'Recipe Doctor' rates the best and worst fast-food fries.
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The Best French Fries continued...

Highest in Fiber:

  1. Jack in the Box Natural Cut fries (124 g) = 5 grams fiber
  2. (7-way tie; all have 4 grams of fiber each):
  • Wendy's small fries (113 g)
  • Burger King small fries (
  • Arby's small curly fries (106 g)
  • Chick-fil-A waffle potato fries (85 g)
  • Long John Silvers basket combo portion (113 g)
  • Carl's Jr. Natural Cut French fries, small (116 g)
  • White Castle regular fries (106 g)

Lowest in Sodium:

  1. Chick-fil-A waffle potato fries: 80 mg
  2. Sonic Drive-In regular fries: 100 mg

The Fast-Food French Fries Health Winner

And the award for best fast-food french fry, healthwise, goes to ... Sonic Drive-In's regular fries, which are lowest in calories, fat grams, percentage of calories from fat, and total amount of "bad fats." (As well as second lowest in sodium.) The runner up is McDonald's small fries, which ranked second lowest in calories, fat grams, and "bad fats."

The Worst French Fries

Highest in Calories:

  1. Carl's Jr. Natural Cut small fries (116 g): 540 calories
  2. In & Out regular fries (125 g): 400 calories

Highest in Fat:

  1. Carl's Jr. Natural Cut small fries (116 g) = 25 grams total fat
  2. Arby's small curly fries (106 g) = 20 grams total fat

Highest Percentage of Calories From Fat:

  1. Arby's Curly Fries, small (106 g): 53%
  2. Chick-fil-A Waffle Potato fries (85 g): 51%

Highest in "Bad Fat" (saturated and trans fats)

  1. Jack in the Box Natural Cut fries, small (124 g): 9 grams (4 grams saturated fat and 5 grams trans)
  2. Long John Silvers basket combo portion (113 g): 7 grams (3.5 grams saturated fat and 3.5 grams trans)

Lowest in Fiber:

  1. In & Out fries (125 g): 2 grams fiber (tied with No. 2)
  2. Sonic Drive-In regular (75 g): 2 grams fiber

Highest in Sodium:

  1. Carl's Jr. Natural Cut fries (116 g): 1360 mg sodium
  2. Arby's curly fries, small (106 g): 791 mg sodium

The Fast-Food French Fries Health Loser

And the award for worst fast-food french fry, healthwise, goes to ... Carl's Jr. Natural Cut French Fries which are highest in calories and grams of fat. Sharing the award is Jack in the Box Natural Cut fries, which are shockingly high in "bad fats" (4 grams saturated fat and 5 grams trans fat).

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