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Do French fries always have to be unhe althy? Not necessarily! Find out how many calories the fries from popular fast food restaurants have and what is the secret of the taste of Belgian fries. Check how to make celery or sweet potato fries and learn about recipes for dietary fries in a light version, baked without oil and seasoned with herbs.

Chipsare potatoes sliced, deep-fried or baked in an oven. They were invented in Belgium, where they are traditionally fried in beef fat. The most delicious fries are those made from special varieties of potatoes, such as Ibis, Tajfun, Ibiza. They are characterized by an oblong tuber shape and a high starch content, thanks to which they absorb less fat.

It is because of the high fat content that French fries are classified as heavy and high-calorie dishes. But it doesn't have to be that way! Learn about the methods of "losing weight" French fries.

How to make French fries to be more dietetic?

If you can't resist the taste of French fries and love to eat them no matter what time of day, try to at least give up those served in fast food and restaurants. You can never be sure if they were fried in old fat and what potatoes they were prepared with.

You can influence the amount of calories by preparing the fries yourself. If you mix potato sticks with a tablespoon of olive oil and herbs, and then put them in a hot oven, the fries will have up to half the calories of those fried in deep fat.

Most frozen fries on the market are soaked in fat before being packaged, which is why they are so easy to prepare in the oven without additional oil. And indeed, they do not require adding fat, because they are already soaked in the production process.

Since you decide to buy fries, choose the ones with a smooth shape. You then have a better chance of buying sliced ​​potatoes. Crimped fries are made from potato pulp. This does not mean that they are of much worse quality than sliced ​​ones, but due to their consistency they will absorb more fat.

Homemade fries baked in the oven on a baking sheet lined with baking paper will be the most dietary. So prepared, they will not need any additional fat.

How many calories do they havefries?

It is worth knowing that the calorific value of fries in the most popular fast food bars varies significantly:

  • fries with KFC:256 kcalin 100 g; small portion (70 g) - 179 kcal, large portion (105 g) - 268 kcal;
  • French fries from McDonald's:289 kcalin 100 g; small portion (72 g) - 231 kcal, medium (103 g) - 330 kcal, large (144 g) - 434 kcal;
  • French fries from Burger King:272 kcalin 100 g; small portion (74 g) - 201 kcal, large (116 g) - 314 kcal, XXL (220 g) - 596 kcal.

What do these differences depend on? Producers do not disclose their recipes, but it is known that the type of potatoes (they differ in starch content), the fat in which the fries are fried, the method of frying (e.g. Belgian fries are fried twice) and the method of cutting fries ( thin ones absorb fat more.

Do you want to limit the amount of calories delivered with fries? Try out recipes for diet fries. And remember - they don't have to be made of potatoes!

How to make Belgian fries?

This will be useful to you

Celery fries - recipe


  • 1 large celery;
  • teaspoon of olive oil;
  • half a teaspoon of water;
  • curry, sweet pepper.

Peel the celery and cut into sticks. Add the olive oil, water and spices. Mix. Put in the fridge for an hour. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Spread the fries on a piece of paper and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Sweet potato fries - recipe


  • 2 sweet potatoes;
  • tablespoon of oil;
  • ground white pepper;
  • ground black pepper;
  • s alt;
  • a bit of hot pepper.

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 7 mm thick sticks. Add olive oil and spices, mix. Set aside in the refrigerator for an hour. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees C. Bake the fries for 20-30 minutes.

Belgian fries - why are they so delicious?

Large, thick, crunchy on the outside, fleshy inside, served in a paper cone or a box with sauces or mayonnaise. The unusual taste of Belgian fries is due to fresh potatoes with a lot of starch (the fat does not soak into the inside of the potato) and the appropriate frying technique.

Belgian friesare fried twice: first at 170-175ºC, and then drained until golden brown at 190ºC and drained again.

French fries "discovered" in the 17th century, or at least they think so. Apparently, the favorite food of the natives was fried small fish. As they were difficult to retrieve from the frozen river in winter, they found a substitute treat.They cut the potatoes into fish and fry them in beef tallow. The first chips bar appeared in 1857, of course in Belgium, where the French Fries Museum is located. Proponents of the traditional recipe claim that replacing animal fat with vegetable oil today is "a crime committed on potato sanctity."


Where did the name "fries" come from?

The name of the fries is not fully explained. Apparently it comes from the name of the first seller - Fritz, whom the Belgian newspaper called "the king of fries", or from the French frite (from frire, which means "fry"). The American name French fries probably comes from the fact that the official language of Belgium is French.

In any case, the fries came to the United States from Europe along with the veterans of the First World War. But they only gained popularity in the 1920s, when fast food bars began to appear. Today, Americans cannot imagine a kitchen without frozen fries. The English liked them so much that they made fish & chips (fish dipped in thick dough, fried in deep oil, and fries generously sprinkled with vinegar) a national dish.

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