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.
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?