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Old 05-18-05, 01:11 AM
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What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

Okay, that's like asking what's more comfortable: a nail in your head or an icicle. Still... how does the nutritional content / detriment of these two delicious item compare?

I'm guessing a french fry has almost nothing good to offer (just fried starches) assuming we're not talking about fries that have a lot of potatoe skin on them.

An onion ring at least has... the onion. But the breading is much thicker and you're probably getting even more of the friedness.

So, if I want to make a "healthier" choice, and both sound equally appealing, is one better than the other?

For the sake of this argument, let's assume the items are to be ordered at your every day diner, so no special cooking considerations are available.
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Well, you do get some protein from the onion rings. Plus, the sodium content in french fries is probably sky high but potatoes do have vitamin C and some other vitamins whereas onions don't really have anything. Plus, the potatoes should fill you up faster so you won't want to eat more whereas with onion rings, I could just eat those all day. So I'd go for the fries.
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i go for onion ring. fries soak oil.
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I'd argue that neither is particularly healthy, so I'd go for whatever you find the most tasty and limit access to that choice to once every couple of days or less.

If you're after one or the other for a "more healty" choice (although, as you say it's the nail or the icicle question), then I'd go for french fries cut as THICKLY as possible (ie more wedge than french fry). Less surface area/volume for the bread and fat combo to penetrate.
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So I'd go for the fries.
If tofu says it's healthier, it's gotta be....
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The icicle, because it will eventually melt away.









Wait...what was the question?
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Old 05-18-05, 06:42 AM
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Fries are delicious, and scoop up ketchup easily. Which means you get more ketchup. Fries win.
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Old 05-18-05, 07:40 AM
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If properly prepared with the right kind of potato, oil, and temperature, fries would absorb little oil. The nature of the potato, and it's content makes it want to push out steam while cooking, which will repel the oil. Or so says Alton Brown of FoodTV's "Good Eats". - http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._10424,00.html

Same can't be said about batter.

The onion rings I have liked have usually been thinly sliced, almost string-like, but pretty drippy with oil. Others, like, say, jack in the box version with their hard thick shell of batter are teh suck.
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bout' the same, just stay away from all the sides like, hot dogs, burgers, beefs and so on, and always wash them down with a 32oz. diet drink.
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Whichever one you'll eat less of.
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will the fries be smothered in cheese? if so, fries
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Old 05-18-05, 09:47 AM
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From www.bk.com:



French Fries (Medium)

calories - 360
calories from fat - 160
total fat - 18
saturated fat - 5
transfat - 4.5
sodium - 640
carbs - 46


Onion Rings (Medium)

calories - 320
calories from fat - 140
total fat - 16
saturated fat - 4
transfat - 3.5
sodium - 460
carbs - 40


WINNER!!!!

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Originally Posted by Minor Threat
From www.bk.com:

French Fries (Medium)

calories - 360
calories from fat - 160
total fat - 18
saturated fat - 5
transfat - 4.5
sodium - 640
carbs - 46


Onion Rings (Medium)

calories - 320
calories from fat - 140
total fat - 16
saturated fat - 4
transfat - 3.5
sodium - 460
carbs - 40


WINNER!!!!
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Hmmm... the onion rings are 91 grams total, while the fries are 117 grams. Doing the math that means that the onion rings have about 3.52 calories/gram while the fries have only 3.08 calories/gram.

So, the onion rings aren't actually better for you, you're just getting a lower quantity of food per order. If the orders were the same size, it would be better to go with the fries.
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So let's look at this without the frying considerations first. What's healthier, half an onion or half a peeled potatoe ?
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Potatoes are more healthy for you than onions.
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So let's look at this without the frying considerations first. What's healthier, half an onion or half a peeled potatoe ?
you mean 1/2 an onion dipped in batter.
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Old 05-18-05, 11:51 AM
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Onnion rings are a tricky thing. You can get some that truly suck, like at BK, or you can find some that are incredible (generally at nicer restaurants). I say go with the onion.
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

Hi,

I would say onion rings are a healthier option. But then you can make the healthiest version of french fries if you know well enough about the oils that should be used with it.
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Old 06-26-17, 06:32 AM
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

I am very happy that this thread was bumped as this question has been gnawing at my mind a lot lately.

Due to the inevitable repeal of the Affordable Care Act, it is important for all of us to make wise dietary decisions so as to minimize the amount of healthcare we will need in the future. Our families will thank us. We should all be armed with the knowledge of which accompaniment for our 1/2 lb. bacon double cheeseburger will have the least deleterious impact to our physical well-being.
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Old 06-26-17, 08:46 AM
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

Haw haw. I was all young and healthy when this thread started. Too many french friends and not enough onion rings.
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

If we, like other forums, had like/laugh/etc buttons, jfoobar would be earning a lot of there.
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Old 06-26-17, 11:19 AM
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

I always order "frings" at this place I go to regularly.

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Old 06-26-17, 12:07 PM
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

I don't go to Arby's very often, but when I do I swear they always put one onion ring in my fries order, and vice versa. Not two or more, not zero, but exactly one. It happened so often that I imagine it's store policy.
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Old 06-26-17, 12:26 PM
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Re: What's the healthier choice... french fries or onion rings?

If you are allergic to onions, the choice is easy.
French fries are healthier for you.
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