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Why are french fries so addicting?

There's nothing better than a serving of hot, crispy fries sprinkled with just the right amount of salt. The nice crisp brown outside with the soft white inside is hard to resist. It's that kinf of food that brings back that saying, "Bet you can't eat just one". It would certainly take a very strong willpower to be able to limit yourself to one.

There are many different explainations to why fries are so addicting. Some people feel they are the ultimate comfort food. Some attribute it to the desire for salty foods. Whatever the reason there is no denying that they can seem to be addictive. Below I included some of the more 'scientific' reasons that french fries are thought to be one of the most addicting foods in the world.

  • Fast foods such as french fries cause blood sugar to peak and then plunge, creating a natural desire for another snack.
  • The answer may lie in the salt. A study was done that showed increased salt level showed less activity in the stress systems of the brain than it does with a normal level of salt.
  • Some say it starts with the tongue. When you eat your french fries the fats in them sends a signal to the brain and then to the intestines where it initiates a desire for more fatty foods.
  • The fat in the french fries releases dopamine in the brain.


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Who has the healthiest fast food french fries?


Lowest in Calories:

  1. Sonic Drive-In regular fries (75g): 220 calories
  2. McDonalds small fries (71g): 230 calories
  3. KFC Potato Wedges: 260 calories

Lowest in Fat:

  1. Sonic regular fries (75 g): 9 grams total fat
  2. McDonalds small fries (71g): 11 grams total fat
  3. Wendy's: 13 grams total fat

Lowest in Sodium:

  1. Sonic regular fries: 135 mg
  2. In-N-Out Burger: 245 mg
  3. McDonalds: 330 mg

Lowest in Carbohydrates:

  1. Sonic: 48 grams
  2. McDonalds: 48 grams
  3. Wendy's: 55 grams

Highest in Fiber:

  1. Jack in the Box Natural Cut Fries: 5 grams
  2. There is a 7 way tie for 2nd place. They all have 4 grams of fiber each.
  • Wendy's
  • Burger King
  • Arby's
  • Chick-fil-A waffle fries
  • Long John Silvers
  • Carl's Jr. Natural cut fries
  • White Castle

Highest in Protein:

  1. Wendy's: 5 grams
  2. Burger King: 5 grams
  3. There is a 2 way tie for 3rd place. They have 4 grams of protein each.
  • Sonic
  • Mc Donalds

It turns out that Sonic regular fries are the healthiest fast food fries. They are the lowest in calories, fat grams, percentage of calories from fat, and toal amounts of 'bad fats'. McDonald's small fries came in second. They ranked second lowest in calories, fat grams, and 'bad fats'.

NOTE: Most of this great information came from the Web MD website. The rest I found in a few various other websites.

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Interesting french fry facts

  • Americans eat more than 16 pounds of french fries per year. That means that as a nation Americans consume over 2 million tons of fries per year. French fries were first introduced to America when Thomas Jefferson first had them served in the White House during his stay between 1801 - 1809.
  • There is an oddly large number of french fry related gifts for the french fry lover, including: lip balm, jewelry charms, golf club heads, cuff links and throw pillows
  • Did you ever wonder who thought up the idea of french fries. France and Belgium both claim to have invented french fries. The Belgians claim that they sold "Belgium fries" from pushcart before the French ever thought of the in the middle of the 19th century. Historians claim that fries were being sold in Belgium as early as 1680.
  • In the beginning french fries were a dish limited to the wealthy. At that time the cost of oil was prohibitive. Only the rich could afford to dine on them.
  • Many people wonder what the actual serving size is of french fries. The best way to tell you is: the small order of fries at a fast food restaurant is considered a single serving.
  • For a short time in 2003 French fries were renamed Freedom fires as a show of rebellion against the French stance on the war in Iraq.


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zeke2100 4 years ago

I am so confused after looking at this hub. The title made me click on it, as I asked myself "Is this really about french fries" or are you just using "Do you want fries with that?" as an expression. Secondly I have not heard a hub called a hubnugget before. I give it to you that it sounds original and sort of goes with fries as a McDonalds reference.

Maybe I just don't have a clue, but I don't understand why your french fry fact-filled hub has voting on unrelated subjects.

As far as a hub goes, it is all over the place and lacks cohesion. If the purpose is to vote on hubs, the whole french fry thing is really throwing me off.


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

What fun French fry facts! I enjoyed learning more about one of the world's most delicious snack foods- and I also got a kick out of this week's nominees, which are fabulous.

I've cast my votes and look forward to seeing who comes out on top!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Simone. I had fun, I love french fries. Great nominees, can't wait to see the results.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

zeke2100, take the time to read some of our other terrific hubnugget hubs. You will find that we write about all kinds of things when introducing new writers. To acquaint yourself with what hubnuggets are visit this site: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/hubnuggets


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zeke2100 4 years ago

okay


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

zeke2100, we try to have fun and introduce a whole host of differnt subjects. It can be a bit confusing for a reader if they have not read any of them before. Thanks for your comment.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hi Gal, I enjoyed the fun facts too about the fries. We were supposed to eat fries and burger last night but ended up in a Japanese resto! Maybe today should be fries day! Now we don't have Sonic over here...so maybe you need to send some Sonic fries hehehe :D

Now to enjoy the hubnuggets....on my way to read and vote!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

ripplemaker, I love Sonic french fries. I'll try to send you some.

We have some great nominees to choose from - enjoy.


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Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

This is a very unique hub. I really like it. There is the info on the fries, and then other really interesting articles to vote on. Voted up and interesting, awesome. It's also very unique but there wasn't a button for that word LOL.

If french fries or any other fast food causes my blood sugar to spike, therefore causing me to want another snack -- well that explains it all. No more fat foods for me. Haha easier said than done.


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

I am so proud to be a nominee! How do you pick us? Thank you very much.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Great batch of nominees - I'll have a side of curly fries with that please :D

Good luck to all the nominees this week!


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Voted!!!! I'd like a chocolate shake too! Supersized please!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Enjoyed the Hub! Gotta say, I was a true fan of Wendy's before they changed them. Now, I have to say the fries at Subway are the best. Wait a minute, Subway doesn't have fries! Maybe that's why I'm finally losing weight! Great HubNugget info. Thanks!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Are you watching me? :))


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

It is always fun to read about a food like fries although I thought Wendy's would have ranked higher than Sonic...I enjoyed the facts on fries also but if you could make the picture a scratch-n-sniff that would be great :) cheers...


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Suelynn 4 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals: Great hub and I'm salivating! Naughty, naughty, all that temptation.... I've virtually given up French Fries. C'est la vie! I am afraid I'm in the throes of packing/moving and just can't dedicate time at the moment to read all entries and give a fair vote, so will have to just pass until I am in Canada and settled. Please have patience with me. Wishing good luck to all the Hubnugget entries. Have a great weekend, everyone. :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

These are great French Fry facts, Gal. what a great hub nugget hub. I love the ' do you want fries with that' quote. Its happened to me at McD too. Never tried Sonic fries, may have to look for some when I'm over in US. Now let me vote!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Enjoyed the French fry facts! Voted!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

EfficientAdmin, thanks. It is hard to give up the fatty foods.

CarlySullins, we read a whole bunch of hubs by our newbies and then we....., the best thing is to read this hub - it will explain it all. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/hubnuggets. Congrats and good luck.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks RedElf, I'll get those curely fries to you as soon as I can. Spicy or regular?

CandyV, I'm with you on that chocolate shake. And supersized is an absolute must. Thanks for voting.

rcrumple, that is the way to lose weight, give up the fries. But they are sooooo good.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Mhatter9, I'm watching you. Are you watching me watching you?

mts1098, I tried doing the scratch and sniff but people kept saying it smelt like dirty feet.

Suelynn, good luck with your move. I tried to give up french fries but they wouldn't leave me alone.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks Docmo, Actually Sonic fries are quite good. I've always like that "Do you want fries with that" phrase. There's so many jokes you can get out of it.

kelleyward. Thanks for voting.


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prettydarkhorse 4 years ago from US

Congrats to all! Voted!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

prettydarkhorse, I can't wait to see the results.


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas

Very informative hub KKG, I learned so much about fries that I didn't know before. Great job. Cheers.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I would have liked the original McDonald's fries of the early 1950s when Ray Kroc bought the name and methods - The whole potatoes were peeled and set on tall towers of racks outside in the warm California air behind the McDonald's Brother's restaurant for a while to dry just a bit and pick up some sort of flavor. Then they were cut by hand, deep fried and sprinkled with a little salt - no fast-freeze and sugar coating that began when the chain became large.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

Thanks ladyjane, thanks for reading.

Patty, it sounds like I would have liked them also. Sometime becoming big can be a burden. I like my fries au natural.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Koffee, I adore your sense of humor! What a fun read!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

TToombs08, thanks. It was fun.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

CarleySullens, thanks for being my 1,000th follower.


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CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Proud to be your 1,000th follower. KoffeeKlatch. Meeting people on Hub pages has been so special. I am glad to be a part of this community.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

CarlySullens, there's no place like Hubpages.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Awe - darn! I missed the voting. I so wanted to be a part of this. Now the question is - how did I miss it? Was the voting announced in an email or in the forum? I'm pigging out on my 3 orders of french fries to soothe myself. This is such a fun read and I totally enjoyed every bit of it.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida Author

vocalcoach, sorry you missed the chance to vote. Voting loses on Wednesdays at noon. Voting is announced in the forums. Yum, I love those french fries, eat some for me.

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