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CAH-RD Posts: 1,055
11/16/12 9:23 A

I agree with everybody's comments.

Having a background in nutrition, I have to say that if you want to get down to the nitty gritty, I can imagine that deep fried french fries have a SLIGHTLY lower impact on the blood sugar simply because adding fat or protein to your carb intake will slow digestion, but these results are going to be SO minimal in terms of eating french fries.

I'm not a "low fat" junky, but I do agree that the fat usually used to deep fry with is typically very unhealthy fat and the act of deep frying does alter the food and can cause other unhealthy reactions to take place (as others have said), so I really don't think deep frying is a great idea.

That being said, I don't agree that baked fries are healthy either. As others mentioned there is the potential that they were deep fried before being frozen and...look at the nutrition facts/ingredient list. They're just down right icky.

Not to mention that if your friend is watching her blood sugars and arguing about which method of cooking french fries is healthier, I usually find these people to NOT be very conscious of serving size regardless...which is probably by far the worst part about eating french fries all together - over-consumption. :)

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
11/16/12 9:12 A

I think that the real issue here is not fried fries vs. baked fries, but whether your friend needs to get her nutritional advice from someone better trained in actual nutrition, or possibly better able to communicate correct information!

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,218
11/16/12 8:49 A

Potatoes show nearly three times the impact of sweets and desserts as potatoes are rich in carbohydrates.

Red Potatoes also have less starch in them than white potatoes and better yet.... baked sweet potato fries are the best bet. You get starches from French fries, mashed or baked potatoes, & your digestive system turns starchy foods into glucose, then when the glucose enters into your bloodstream it causes a rise in your blood sugar levels. Starches not only can affect your blood sugar levels but your body weight. Starch is turned into sugar when it is metabolized by the body and starches are actually more glycemic than some sugars.

Sweet potatoes are digested more slowly and dont give the body a sugar surge.

Breads, noodles and other foods that are high in sugar,or yeast, and carbohydrates need to be avoided. Potato starch feeds Candida which is a fungus that thrives on sugar and yeast...oh yuk!

I don't know of any doctor that would say fried is better than baked. Some fast food places add sugar to their fries to make them tastey...just think... only 10 fries are 100 calories. For me personally, I'll stick with homemade sweet potato fries...I love them with spicey mustard.

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11/16/12 8:43 A

My boyfriend and I have arguements like this all the time. He has a "personal trainer" friend who gives him the most ridiculous nutrition advice I've ever heard!

I'm sure fried fries are fine every once in a while, but if you eat them regularly I would definitely opt for the baked.

Also...beware, the frozen type that you bake at home are usually pre-fried before they're frozen. You're better off making them from fresh potatoes, and then you can season them however you like.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,236
11/16/12 6:59 A

is there any chance this friend is going super low fat? and that her doc is trying to get any fat in her whatsoever for any reason?
and they now have fries specifically for baking? the last time i looked in that section, there were fries, and you could bake or fry them. granted, washing a potato, cutting it into wedges, sprinkling it with spices and olive oil is the way i have always done it as it's so much cheaper than buying the frozen, parbaked stuff.
and from a scientific, microscope sort of view, i could see where the doc has a point. if you're talking about starting with an empty stomach and having the options of a plain potato with no trappings and fries, i could see where, solely in terms of blood sugar spikes, the potato with fat would trump the one without. the one without is going to have a slightly higher spike, while the oil is going to slightly slow down the digestion and round out the spike. and again, this is in just a tiny focus, with no regards for anything else sort of way. i mean, having an avocado with the baked would be happily balance it out and trump the fries. and anything else that you ate with it or around it would also factor into it and make the baked or fried issue with regards to spikes pointless. but by putting blinders on and seeking to create equal [if not real world applicable] footing, i could see where this kind of result could come from. but also by testing in that lab perfect, entirely un-real-world-like environment it means that you can't really use that sort of advice in the real world because the situation entirely relies on what else comes with it, which you can't replicate in a lab.

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11/15/12 11:14 P

Stephen, dangit, now I want some poutine!

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11/15/12 10:18 P

I can't see how frying them would be better than baking. The additional calories from the oil and the byproducts of deep-frying are health concerns. Better still would be to make them fresh baked - coat in olive oil, sprinkle them with a bit of salt and bake for 25 - 30 minutes

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11/15/12 10:12 P

As far as I'm concerned, you were 100% correct, and your friend is either mistaken in what her doctor says or the doctor holds a lots of stock in fast-food chains.

If I'm wrong, I'm running out to get some poutine tonight.

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11/15/12 10:07 P

I was having an argument with a co-worker about this so I was wondering on all you SP's opinion emoticon

My co-worker was telling me that his doc reckons fried fries are better for you than oven-baked fries. I asked him why the doc said this and apparently the doctor reckons that fried fries don't cause a spike in your glucose levels like the baked variety due to the oil which lines the stomach????

Now I am no doctor, nor am I a nutritionist by any form but this sounds really dodgy to me. I then mentioned that potatoes in general will cause a blood sugar spike as that is the nature of potatoes and while I agree that sometimes additives in bought packages of oven baked fries can be bad, I would generally prefer to stick to oven baking fries instead of frying them due to calorie intake, fat content etc.

He then became absolutely adamant that oven baking them was the worst way to eat a fry so I eventually dropped my argument.

I can't find any info in the internet but what do you all think? Oven baking fries worse than deep fried fries?


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