Fries are the deep fried potato strips. They are also called as chips or French fries. The thin strips of deep fried potato are called as fries or French fries while the thick strips of deep fried potato are called as chips. 





The place of origin of fries is Belgium. A Belgian journalist has stated that potatoes were first fried prior to 1680 in the Spanish Netherlands (today called Belgium). According to some Belgians, the term "French" was introduced during World War I when American soldiers came in the Belgium and tasted the Belgian fries. They called them "French", because the official language of the Belgian Army was French at that time. At the border of Belgium, in the south Netherlands they are called as Vlaamse Frieten or "Flemish fries".




Ingredients and Preparation


Main ingredients of fries are potato and oil. They are deep fried in oil after cutting the potato into thin elongated strips. Salt can also be added to them and they are usually eaten as a snack with tomato sauce.




Health and Nutrition facts


Serving size – 1 small serving (85 g)


Approximate values of nutrients per serving (Calories - 271 cal, Fats – 14.5 g, Carbohydrates – 31.9 g, Protein – 3.2 g, Saturated fat – 3.4 g, Trans fat – 3.7 g, Cholesterol – 0 mg, Sodium – 165 mg, Dietary fiber – 3 g, Sugars – 0.6 g)



Nutritional Benefits of Fries


i) Fries contain zero cholesterol,

ii) Fries are very low in sugars,

iii) Fries contain Iron, calcium and vitamin C.

iv) Fries also contain Dietary fiber.



Who should avoid Fries?


i. Obese people – as they are high in fats and saturated fats.

ii. Weight watchers – as they are high in saturated fats.

iii. Diabetics – as they are high in fats.

iv. People with sedentary life style – as they are high in saturated fats.



Note: It has been suggested by the scientific research that the increased or more frequent intake of acryl amide (it is developed when the potatoes are baked or fried) is associated with increased risk of cancer of bladder, large bowel and kidney.



Fries Blogs

“deep Fried Not Bombs” - Frying Event Of The Year!

“deep Fried Not Bombs” - Frying Event Of The Year! On : 15-Apr-2009 By : ifoodiee

Its time for some freaking frying fun! The San Francisco Food Not Bombs is holding the “Deep Fried Not Bombs” event today. At the “Deep Fried Not Bombs” event everyone is invited to fry their choice of food in the hot bubbling oil that will be...

Easy Tips For Frying Novices

Easy Tips For Frying Novices On : 29-Nov-2013 By : seasonal_foodie

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How French Fries Became The Deadly American Side-dish

How French Fries Became The Deadly American Side-dish On : 04-Nov-2010 By : olivia

Who doesn't love French Fries? And Americans are especially guilty of this oily and salty pleasure no matter how unhealthy they are. This article will talk about how French Fries became the deadly American side-dish , its consequences on health and...

How To Fry Eggplant?

How To Fry Eggplant? On : 07-Jul-2010 By : Gourmandise

Frying eggplant is probably one of the trickiest arts in any cuisine. You need to fry eggplants in such a way that it does not absorb too much of oil, thereby becoming soggy. At the same time, it has to be cooked well and has to be crispy. However, if...