This Spud’s For You. Unless Fried!
Posted On Jun 23, 2011
In a report just released by the New England Journal of Medicine, it seems that French fries are far worse than soft drinks when it comes to making Americans fat. In a 12-year study completed by researchers at Harvard University, it was shown that average Americans gain more than 3 times as much weight from eating French fries than they do from drinking the sugar-sweetened drinks that usually complete fast food meals – about 3.35 pounds every 4 years, compared to 1 pound from sodas. The good news? So-called ‘fresh potatoes,’ i.e. baked potatoes (French fries are typically frozen), are still good for you, with lots of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B, iron and other minerals.
But stay away from potato chips; they, too, are worse than soft
drinks, though not as bad as fries.