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    Default The best (and worst) fast-food french fries

    The Best (and Worst) Fast-Food French Fries - Yahoo! Fresh Picks on Yahoo! Food

    Worrying about calories seems silly after you've consented to a French fry grease-fest, but sometimes you can't help it. During one such conflicted experience, I wondered if some fast-food fries were less hard on the body than others. Looking at the nutritional facts of some common French fry purveyors, I found that you can, indeed, save some serious calories if you know which fries to buy.
    I looked at these seven:
    -Arby's Curly Fries
    -Burger King's French Fries
    -Carl's Jr.'s Natural-Cut Fries
    -Dairy Queen's French Fries
    -Jack in the Box's Natural Cut Fries
    -McDonald's French Fries
    -Wendy's French Fries

    Notes: The numbers below are estimated reports by each restaurant's official website at the time of this article.


    Calorie-wise:
    The Best
    Dairy Queen wins with 2.69 calories/gram
    Jack in the Box is close behind with 2.71 calories/gram
    The Worst
    McDonald's it is, with 3.25 calories/gram
    Those stats may sound like just a few calories' difference, but that's a 21% difference, which adds up since a large serving tends to be around 190 grams.

    But there are other stats to look at...


    Here's the zero trans fat team:
    Burger King
    Carl's Jr.
    Dairy Queen
    McDonald's
    Wendy's
    This one is the trans fattiest:
    Jack in the Box

    How about saturated fat?

    The Best
    Dairy Queen (0.018g saturated fat/gram of fries)
    The Worst
    Arby's (0.037g saturated fat/gram of fries)

    Also remember that a good deal in dollars, doesn't translate to your diet, and a "large fries" means something different to everyone:
    Large Fries Serving Sizes
    McDonald's: 154g
    Carl's Jr.: 184g
    Wendy's: 184g
    Dairy Queen: 186g
    Arby's: 190g
    Burger King: 194g
    Jack in the Box: 236g

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    I eat french fries once or twice a year so I couldn't care less about how healthy any given fry is. It's all about the taste! Out of the list provided, Carl's Jr. and Jack in the Box have the best IMO. Chick Fil-A's waffle fries are pretty awesome too. Damn, I wish I still lived on the west coast. No Cjr or JITB out east!

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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    I eat french fries once or twice a year so I couldn't care less about how healthy any given fry is. It's all about the taste! Out of the list provided, Carl's Jr. and Jack in the Box have the best IMO. Chick Fil-A's waffle fries are pretty awesome too. Damn, I wish I still lived on the west coast. No Cjr or JITB out east!
    Isn't Hardee's supposed to be the East coast version of Carl's Jr.?

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    The worst french fries are from Swiss Chalet, although Harvey's used to have terrible ones. The best french fries are made in my kitchen by me.

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    Hardee's is disgusting, to me.

    My favorite is McDonald's. I love their fries.

    qwerty, how the hell do you have such strong willpower? I LOVE fries. num num num

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    I hate a lot of fries now.. they went from pretty good to these weird, crusty fries that taste like fucking shit.
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    Anyone in the south remember Rally's? I think they changed it to Checker's at some point, but the fries remained the same--freakin' delicious!

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    I love diner fries. Thick, steak fries Yum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeyotch View Post
    Anyone in the south remember Rally's? I think they changed it to Checker's at some point, but the fries remained the same--freakin' delicious!
    FUCK YES.. I think they were seasoned fries.. the kind that have little pepper flecks on them and look orange. Those were awesome.

    I love Jack in the Box curly fries... haven't had them in years.

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    i love McD's fries. they are the best. jacks fries are awful
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    in n' out's fries are the best, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moongirl View Post
    Isn't Hardee's supposed to be the East coast version of Carl's Jr.?
    I know they're owned by the same company and I've only eaten there once. It's not the same!

    Sweetie, I eat very little fast food. I never developed the habit thanks to a health conscious mother and I don't eat much meat thereby reducing my menu options. I usually eat that shit only when I'm travelling long distances by car. Cheeseburger, fries, the works. So once or twice a year. It's very hard to find something healthy to eat on the road and I'm generally too lazy to pack healthier options.
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    Burger King and McDonald's taste the best to me, but I hate to think what they must do to your insides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurent View Post
    Burger King and McDonald's taste the best to me, but I hate to think what they must do to your insides.
    Sunday I had Arby's french fries(the curly ones), and I detected something 'off' about them..maybe old oil used? not sure. But the one thing I am sure of is a few hours later I was throwing up for the next twelve hours. Put me off fast food for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sojiita View Post
    Sunday I had Arby's french fries(the curly ones), and I detected something 'off' about them..maybe old oil used? not sure. But the one thing I am sure of is a few hours later I was throwing up for the next twelve hours. Put me off fast food for now.
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