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Fatty Foods: French Fries

The Best and Worst French Fries in America

French fries are the ultimate fatty-salty food. Here, a rundown on how your favorite spuds stack up

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The Best and Worst French Fries in America // French fries © Mitch Mandel

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For years, experts have been trying to figure out the so-called French paradox. Why, if the French eat such rich food, do they tend to stay lean, while the waistlines of us diet-conscious Americans are growing faster than Justin Beiber's savings account?

Well, in France, they eat a wide variety of foods—fats and carbs, yes, but also plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lots of lean meat. But when French food makes its way to America, things tend to go haywire. Le French bread? Pure carbs. (Search: Should you be cutting carbs?) Le French toast? Pure carbs with lots of sugar and grease. Le French dressing? Pure fat, mixed with water and magically tinted the color of Tang.

And the worst offender of all: Les French fries.

We've become so addicted to the crispy, salty, tender treats that nearly half of all potatoes harvested in the country wind up in the deep fryer. (And we eat an average of 130 pounds of taters, per person, every year.) But not every fry is created equal. While no one will ever accuse les frites of being a health food, there are some you can enjoy with relative impunity—and others that deserve an all-out French Resistance. Take a look at the best and worst French fries in America, compliments of the forthcoming Eat This, Not That! 2013: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution.

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