“Want fries with that?” YES!

The french fry. The poor little guy who at heart, is an innocent potato.

Fries share a name with the cooking method used to create them. Frying foods require some sort of fat–which is essential to life.

An innocent potato cooked in hot oil.

Canola oil is popular for deep frying due to its high smoke point. Click the picture for its nutritional benefits!

Oil is just another way we obtain fat, one of the three macronutrients needed for survival. We need fat to absorb fat soluble nutrients (vitamins D, E, A, K), protect organs and nerves, regulate hormone production, and for energy and growth.

Fat is NOT bad! (<– working title of an upcoming children’s book?) Repeat: Fat is NOT bad!

A bowl of potatoes
A bowl of potatoes. Did you know potatoes contain more potassium than bananas? Crazy!

Now. Let’s. talk. POTATO.

Most people would be surprised to find out that potatoes contain LOTS of VITAMIN C, which we have all come to know as a powerful sidekick to our immune system. In fact, check out McDonald’s nutritional info for the Vitamin C content in their french fries. WOW.  Badabababa–I’m lovin’ that!

These golden arches deliver vitamin C, B6 and potassium!
These golden arches deliver Potassium, Vitamins C + B6!

And the benefits of potatoes do not stop there. The french fry (our potato friend) contains great sources of Vitamin B6 AND Potassium as well!! Vitamin B6 belongs to the family of B-complex vitamins and is important for brain function, heart health and assisting vitamin B12 (found in animals products like ice cream!) in making healthy red blood cells. Potassium is an electrolyte that keeps our heart and muscles pumping strong!

Last but not least, potatoes are a starchy vegetable, which means they contain carbohydrates in the form of starch (read: ENERGY!!!!!)  and the non-digestible complex carb, FIBER (which helps us stay regular, if you know what I mean;)

Who knew french fries were full of all these NUTRIENTS! Have you ever tried to make your own at home?

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