Burger King's Satisfries: Do They Satisfy?

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JK Grence
Can't tell the difference? That's kind of the point.

The (Sort Of) Guilty Pleasure: Satisfries
Where To Get It: Burger King, locations Valleywide
Price: $1.49 and up; 20 to 30 cents more than the regular fries depending on size.
What It Really Costs: Less damage than your average fry. Don't eat more to compensate.

If there's one practically universal thing about fast food, it's that it's not good for you in the slightest. The highly processed food (or in many cases, the highly processed substance that vaguely resembles food) doesn't have much flavor, so it's loaded with fat, salt, and sugar to compensate.

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Almost every major fast food chain has a small selection of healthy-ish items to at least give a façade of sensible choices. Needless to say, most of these are blatant cop-outs. Salad from a drive-thru? Yeah, right! Bring on the burgers!

Diners are increasingly health-conscious; fast-food outlets have had to seriously up their game as a result. Last year, Wendy's offered (sadly short-lived) baked sweet potatoes as a side dish. McDonald's McWraps are one of the most noteworthy entries; in particular, I think the Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken McWrap is criminally underrated, but that's a different column. McWraps didn't take off as well as McDonald's brass had hoped, but apparently the wraps done well enough that they expanded the line from three flavors to four.

The newest entrant in the healthy-ish fast food game is perennial also-ran Burger King. Instead of coming up with something different and new (a very risky proposition), they decided to put the humble french fry on a diet. Their new Satisfries (it's a silly name, I know, but what better name would you call them?) look like regular crinkle-cut french fries, but have less fat and calories than every other fry on the market.

The nutritional difference is pretty substantial. A medium order of Burger King's ordinary fries clocks in at 410 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 570 milligrams of sodium. The Satisfries slash the numbers across the board, coming in at a more sensible 410 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 370 milligrams of sodium. BK is all too happy to point out that this is a considerable amount less than McDonald's fries, where the large fries (which are the same size as Burger King's medium fries, give or take 4 grams) are 500 calories, 25 grams of fat, and 350 milligrams of sodium.


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stella.james164

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Hr Hamada
Hr Hamada

it' doesn't have to be about haute cuisine, but it shouldn't be about corporate food or fast food.

Jk Grence
Jk Grence

Good catch, Jonathan! The Satisfries are 340 calories.

Jonathan Scheel
Jonathan Scheel

JK Is that calorie count right? Both the satisfries and the regular fries clock in at the same 410 calories?

Jk Grence
Jk Grence

Chris: The Guilty Pleasures column is all about food we have no business eating. Naturally, fast food plays a major part. I love writing about local guilty pleasures (and if you have one you think I should feature by all means let me know), but the fast food posts are always incredibly popular. People keep reading them, so I keep writing them.

Chris Jeffries-Dowling
Chris Jeffries-Dowling

It's not about nutrition, just that Chow Bella used to have a more local restaurant / food scene focus and has been covering chain fast food crazes more and more. Leave that kind of drivel to unworthy and give the fledgling Phoenix food scene (whether a small taco stand or the newest Sushi joint) the love and coverage it badly needs. Or don't. whatever, the race to the bottom is just depressing

Scott Sturgǝs
Scott Sturgǝs

i haven't eaten potatoes or potato chips since the end of august : )

Sheldon Sturges
Sheldon Sturges

Even the header on this page is not what one would call nutritious, is it ?

Sheldon Sturges
Sheldon Sturges

Why ? It's not like they have never written about fast food before, is it ?

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