All Hail Nutritious Fast Food? Burger King Announces Healthier Fries

Burger Kings Satisfries

One out of every two Burger King patrons orders fries. That’s not surprising. Something about the combination of potato, fat, and salt, makes them the ultimate American side dish. And, because we consume so much, it would make sense to “healthify” them.

Burger King has done just that and  this week introduced reduced fat fries, dubbed Satisfries. BK President Alex Macedo said:

“Small changes create a big impact. This will grow, just like diet soda grew over time.”

Perhaps, but if you continue eating at fast food establishments, so will your waistline.

A small serving of BK’s Satisfries is 270 calories and 11 grams of fat. While better than before (340 calories),  keep in mind, it is a small serving, and now some people may opt for the larger one, well, because it’s “healthier”.

In any case, the formulation for the fries has not changed, and we are not big fans of it:

Potatoes, Soybean Oil or Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate added to preserve natural color.

The sodium count is also very high – 480mg, or 21% of the maximum daily allowance.

Bottom line:

If you enjoy fries once in a while, this change is not dramatic, and should not concern you. If you rely heavily on fries (maybe once a week), this simple 70-calorie saving per serving will help you reduce 3,640 calories in a year, which is equivalent to one pound of body weight.

What do you think about Satisfries? Would you eat them?

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  • Kate

    I would not eat them. Just because there is a small calorie reduction doesn’t make them healthier. People who are worried about their weight and health aren’t going to suddenly eat these. If anything if the number of calories are shown it may make people realize just how many calories there are in fries and could cause a decrease in sales. I’m all for fast food places being healthier, just as long as it actually is healthier.

    • Jessica Johnson

      You nailed it, Kate. Although I like the name (great play on words, BK), it’s still not healthy. Duuuh. We can moan about how dangerous their food is but still they have the right to sell. Yes we know that, we are just customers. And with that, it is our responsibility to decline the offer. I mean it’s up to you whether you want to buy it or not but just so you know there’s more than salt, fat and potatoes in these fries. You might want to know what it is you’re putting into your mouth.

  • Linda Schwebach Stroth

    Our family will probably continue eating the regular fries when we get fast food. That being said, we order one large fry for a family of 4 and still have some left over at the end.

  • Lisa Sellers

    I would not eat them in a box, I would not eat them with a fox. I would not eat them here or there I would not eat them anywhere! I do not like chemicals in my food. Go away, Burger King dude!

  • Jennifer Alice

    I don’t think it will entice people who aren’t eating fries already to start eating them. But I’d hope the people who eat fast food often would make the switch. McD has posted calories on their fries and food in general for some time and I don’t think it’s been a deterrent. Good for BK for trying.

  • Notafanoffastfood

    No. I tend to enjoy fries made of one ingredient: potatoes. If you bake your ‘fries’, you come out ahead of everyone. All those other additives make no sense.

  • Mary

    No way. I am old enough to remember when even some fast food fries were only made with potatoes, some fat and salt.
    I love roasted potatoes from my own oven!…butter or olive oil, potatoes and some seasonings.

  • http://ehkitchen.net/ Alyssa B

    Could someone point out the difference between these and regular fries? I don’t understand what they did to change them.
    I wouldn’t eat them. I do eat fries, but probably only 3 or 4 times a year. On the rare occasions that I eat them, I’m going to get the regular kind. “Healthified” foods usually turn out to be worse for you and never taste the same.

  • mlhnrca

    The worst part about the fries is not the fat, salt or calories. It is the carcinogen acrylamide, formed during the frying process…

    http://voices.yahoo.com/acrylamide-chocolate-another-reason-why-cooking-10217911.html?cat=5

  • Esteban

    I wouldn’t eat them and.A good idea would be to bake them and take out the prossecing and the chemicals

  • Nicole G

    I will never eat that. I also have chemicals. No fast food.

  • linda levrio

    absolutely not!!!!! fast food is ladended with chemicals and gmos…make the real thing at home…fresh from farm!!!!

  • Nancy O.

    I am not a fast food patron so I am not well-schooled in these matters. But after reading this article one question lingers: Why would French fries consist of any other ingredient in addition to the potato and the oil they are fried in? Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate? What is the reason?

  • Aria Gonzalez

    I tried them because my brother in law offered me some. It turned out he offered them to me because he wanted to see if I would be able to detect the aftertaste. I could… it kind of snuck up you. At first they seemed fine but then there was a truly FOUL aftertaste. Don’t know why, not going to try them again.