I hate to admit it, but I love McDonald’s French fries, hot, lightly salted, yum! For a once in a while treat, how bad can they be? They’re only potatoes right? Then I read this:
According to CNBC the news website, there are actually 19 ingredients including an antifoaming chemical to stop oil from spattering, dextrose (a kind of sugar) which gives fries a uniform color, and sodium acid pyrophosphate which is know to cause inflammation in the body. Hmmm, I may rethink those fries. Maybe I’ll have the healthy option of fruit and maple oatmeal, oh but wait, there’s 32 grams (8 teaspoons) of sugar in that. It’s recommended that men consume no more than 9 tsp of sugar a day and only 6 for women. Maybe I’ll skip McDonalds all together and eat at home where I know what goes into my food. Be good to your body, it’s the only one you have.
Mary Sieruta, RD, MS, LDN, CDE
Mary Sieruta is a Certified Diabetes Educator and has been a Registered Dietitian with the Community Health Center for nine years.