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Most Burger Kings Take Healthier Fries Off Their Menu

Most Burger Kings Take Healthier Fries Off Their Menu

If you want healthier options, you’d better choose the apple slices instead with your Whopper.

Well, that was fast. After less than a year on the menu, Burger King has begun phasing-out their Satisfries, or the lower-calorie, lower-fat French fry options that appeared on menus in September 2013 and on kids’ menus in March this year. But since the item was originally intended to be limited-edition, most locations (around 80 percent of Burger Kings), have taken the fries off of their menu.

“Satisfries have been a great menu item for us,” says Larry Kohler of Mastoran Corporation who owns 45 Burger King restaurants in Boston, MA, Providence, RI and Portland, ME, and one of the franchisees who will be keeping the fries on the menu. “Our guests love the choice we offer and they have increased our sales right from the start. We’re thrilled to be able to keep them as a menu item in our restaurants.”

The rest of the locations that won’t be serving the healthier French fries, will offer them as a seasonable option. The failed fries, according to the Wall Street Journal, don’t necessarily spell doom for Americans trying to stay healthy. We’ve actually been steering clear of potatoes since they’re seen as unhealthy, and Satisfries was a (failed) attempt at bringing customers back to the humble fry.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi


The Healthiest Food To Eat At Burger King

STACK combs through Burger King's menu to bring you the healthiest foods we can find, and the ones that you should never eat.

At first glance, Burger King's menu might not look like the healthiest in the world. But dig a little deeper, and you'll find that BK actually offers a number of items that aren't half bad for you. Although it may not be your first choice for a healthy meal, it may be your only option when you're traveling with your team to an away game. Admittedly, it can be hard to find a fast food meal that doesn't deliver at least half of the FDA's daily recommendation of 2,000 calories, 65 grams of fat and 2,4oo milligrams of sodium. But to help you out, here are a few items that will allow you to continue eating like a normal person for the rest of the day.

260 calories, 9 grams of total fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 450 mg of sodium, 32 grams of carbs, 14 grams of protein

At first glance, Burger King's menu might not look like the healthiest in the world. But dig a little deeper, and you'll find that BK actually offers a number of items that aren't half bad for you. Although it may not be your first choice for a healthy meal, it may be your only option when you're traveling with your team to an away game. Admittedly, it can be hard to find a fast food meal that doesn't deliver at least half of the FDA's daily recommendation of 2,000 calories, 65 grams of fat and 2,4oo milligrams of sodium. But to help you out, here are a few items that will allow you to continue eating like a normal person for the rest of the day.


The Best French Fries

  1. Sonic Drive-In regular fries (75 g): 220 calories
  2. McDonalds small fries (71 g): 230 calories
  1. Sonic Drive-In regular fries (75 g): 9 grams total fat
  2. McDonald's small fries (71 g): 11 grams total fat

Lowest Percentage of Calories From Fat:

Lowest in "Bad Fats" (saturated and trans fats):

  1. Sonic Drive-In regular fries (75 g) = 1.5 grams saturated fat + 0 grams trans fat
  2. McDonald's small fries (71 g) = 1.5 grams saturated fat + 0 grams trans fat

Continued

  1. Jack in the Box Natural Cut fries (124 g) = 5 grams fiber
  2. (7-way tie all have 4 grams of fiber each):
  • Wendy's small fries (113 g)
  • Burger King small fries (
  • Arby's small curly fries (106 g)
  • Chick-fil-A waffle potato fries (85 g)
  • Long John Silvers basket combo portion (113 g)
  • Carl's Jr. Natural Cut French fries, small (116 g)
  • White Castle regular fries (106 g)

4. Whopperito

If you think it’s odd that Burger King is now selling tacos, then you probably don’t remember that they once tried selling a Whopperito.

This was exactly what it sounds like: a Whopper (kind of) rolled up like a burrito. Seriously. It was ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles wrapped in a tortilla instead of put on a bun, like a normal burger. To make things even more confusing, it was topped with queso sauce instead of ketchup or mustard. Why? We may never know. It was created in 2016 and didn’t last long, and honestly… maybe we don’t miss this one.


Whopper Jr. Sandwich

Opting for the Triple Whopper's baby brother saves you a whopping 860 calories and 59 grams of fat. If you follow the advice of nutritionists Sarah Koszyk and Christine Palumbo and order it without the mayo, it beats out our #1 Best Burger because of its extra vegetation. Koszyk says, "it's a relatively healthy choice and quite satisfying." See what diet experts order at Burger King!


10 Unhealthy Things Lurking in Your Burger

Read on for some convincing — and gross! — reasons why you may be better off making your hamburger at home.

Who doesn’t love biting into a thick, juicy burger? This American classic can be found at most restaurants and drive-thrus — but what you may not realize is that when chowing down on that beef patty, you could be ingesting much more than what’s listed on the menu. Here are 10 things to be aware of when ordering a burger — and the reasons you're better off making your burger at home.

1. Ammonia: Pink slime — a mechanically separated meat product that is treated with ammonia to kill bacteria — is used as a low-cost ground beef filler. Though a handful of fast-food establishments ditched the ingredient after recent controversy, it’s still lurking in many ground meat products, including those used by restaurants.

2. Fat: Trans fat, which is naturally found in meat, is known to raise cholesterol levels and has been linked to heart disease however, the FDA currently allows a food to be labeled trans fat-free if it has less than half a gram. While most fast-food chains get under this .5 limit, their burgers still contain the unhealthy fat — and restaurant varieties can have up to 2.5 grams. Plus, some food chains pack almost 50 grams of fat into each burger. That’s well over the healthy range, which is between 18 to 31 grams per day, depending on your calorie intake.

3. Calories: Burgers from popular food chains like TGI Fridays and Applebee’s have upwards of 1,000 calories — more than half a days’ worth for many people, in just one meal. (And that’s without the side of fries!)

4. Additives: Food establishments and manufacturers use a variety of additives (like sodium phosphate and nitrates) to serve various purposes like preserving and texturizing the meat. While most are deemed safe for consumption by the FDA, they’re still highly processed — and have even been linked to side effects in some people.

5. Hundreds of cows: A single fast-food hamburger can contain beef from hundreds of different cattle — as ground meat from all of a chains’ suppliers are often combined into a single batch of minced meat. This increases the risk of contamination, since infected meat from just one cow can show up in tons of batches.

6. More than just meat: Many consumers assume that their patty came straight from the muscle of a cow, but in actuality, the ground beef used to make many fast-food burgers contains other waste and by-products. One study went as far as to say that fast-food burgers aren’t made up of much “meat” at all and instead consist of almost 50 percent water in addition to by-products like bone, cartilage, connective tissue, and nerve tissue.

7. Sodium: A burger at your local fast-food joint contains almost 500 milligrams of sodium, while the patty at dine-in food chains could pack in between 3000 and 4000 milligrams — well over the FDA’s recommendation of 1,500 milligrams per day, and even surpassing the upper limit recommendation of no more than 2,300 milligrams daily.

8. The bun: When it comes to the bread sandwiching your burger, enriched flour (which is devoid of nutrients) is the least of your problems. Many breads contain over 20 ingredients, and included in the list is ammonium sulfate (also used in fertilizers), ammonium chloride (found in explosives), high fructose corn syrup, and azodicarbonamide (an ingredient also used to make yoga mats).

9. Toppings: For many, a burger isn’t complete without loading on the toppings. But the ones commonly ordered at restaurants are high in sugar, fat, and calories. The most popular condiment, ketchup, is filled with high fructose corn syrup, while a single slice of cheese can add up to 200 calories and 500 milligrams of sodium (not to mention, it’s highly processed with preservatives and artificial colors and flavors).

10. Portion size: The recommended serving size for meat is 4 ounces, or the size of a deck of cards. However, the typical serving size at restaurants is more than double that, weighing in between 8 and 12 ounces.

Build a Better Burger

So, the stats are pretty unappetizing, but that doesn’t mean you have to swear off burgers for good. When it comes to chowing down on this barbecue favorite, it’s always better to go homemade, where you have complete control over the ingredients going into your meal.

Follow these tips for a better-for-you burger:

Go organic. To avoid additives and hormones, shop your local farmer's market for locally-sourced, organic meat products.

Opt for lean turkey meat over beef. “Beef burgers add up fast in the fat department — especially saturated fat, which is important to keep track of for cardiovascular health and your waistline,” says Keren Gilbert, MS, RD, founder and president of Decision Nutrition. “Lean turkey meat has half the saturated fat of beef make sure the label says at least 93 percent lean.”

Increase moisture. “Lean turkey burgers tend to be dry since the fat content is low,” says Gilbert. “To up the moisture of your burger, I suggest adding onions, shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, or spinach.” These veggies also up the fiber content, helping you to feel more satiated, Gilbert adds.

Add a healthy binding agent. Breadcrumbs are the most popular ingredient for binding ground meat, but Gilbert suggests swapping them for fiber-rich oats. Another option: Chia seeds, which are a great binder that also ups the nutritional profile of your burger. She recommends using 1/2 cup of either ingredient to 1 pound of turkey.

Season smart. Up the flavor of your patty with calorie-free flavorings. Gilbert suggests hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, or paprika.

Condiment swap. “Even a lean, healthy burger can take a turn for the worse when topped with bacon, cheese, or creamy sauces,” says Gilbert. She suggests passing on the caloric add-ons in favor of salsa, mustard, or veggie toppings like peppers and onions.


Burger King to Sell Healthier Fries Called 'Satisfries'

Burger King is rolling out new fries that reportedly cut down on fat and calories.

The chain claims that the new fries &ndash which are crinkle-cut and called 'Satisfries' &ndash have 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than McDonald&rsquos French fries on a pound for pound basis. But customers beware &ndash a "small" order at McDonald's actually contains fewer fries and therefore fewer calories (about 230) than a small order of Satisfries at Burger King, which contains 270 calories. A small order of classic French fries at Burger King has 340 calories.

The burger chain reports that it has been able to cut down on calories by using a new batter that doesn&rsquot absorb as much oil, according to the Associated Press. Burger King executives have thus far declined to specify the exact changes put in place, except that the same ingredients are used, simply in different proportions. The company will still sell its classic fries as well as its limited-time offering of sweet potatoes fries.

Given that the fries are being marketed as tasting similar to Burger King's classic fries, it might seem logical that the company just scrap its classic fries altogether. But sometimes customers just want to stick to the classics. In 2002, Burger King debuted &ldquoShake &lsquoem up Fries,&rdquo accompanying fries with seasoning packets in a product that didn&rsquot last long.

Additionally, the different cut gives customers more options and gives Burger King the chance to raise the price of fries. The suggested price of a small order of Satisfries is $1.89, 30 cents more than a small classic fries.

Burger King is aggressively promoting Satisfries over social media. The hashtag-friendly name is a promoted trend on Twitter. In more guerilla marketing tactics, men carrying several foot-long replicas of the crinkle-cut fries inscribed with #WTFF ("What The French Fry") appeared in the background of the Today Show this morning.

The announcement of Satisfries comes on the heels of another Burger King French fry offering of the French Fry Burger &ndash an item on the dollar menu that puts both a beef patty and French fries between the burger&rsquos buns.


Are Onion Rings Healthier Than French Fries?

Have you had your recommended daily allowance of junk food today? Dig in: It&rsquos International No-Diet Day, an oft-forgotten yet oft-accidentally celebrated holiday.

Technically, today&rsquos celebration is about body shape acceptance and the fact that you can be healthy at any size, which we&rsquore all for. And as any good Prevention reader knows, we're also for losing the dieting all-or-nothing mentality&mdashdepriving yourself of your favorite foods just sets you up for a binge later. The key, of course, is enjoying your faves in moderation (Not sure how to do that? Here's how to eat in moderation.)

So on that note, take a detour to the drive-thru for today&rsquos highly unorthodox Health Food Face-Off: french fries vs onion rings. Does one have a nutritional edge? Or do both clog your arteries equally? Find out which hot-oil favorite is healthier below.


Burger King discontinues Satisfries in most restaurants around U.S.

At many Burger Kings, a healthier fry choice did not reign supreme.

The fast food chain has decided to discontinue Satisfies, a lower-fat and -calorie French fry, at two-thirds of its stores. Satisfries will remain on the menu at about 2,500 Burger Kings in markets where the fries sell well, according to a statement from the company.

The fries, which were introduced a year ago, have 20% fewer calories and 25% less fat than the chains' traditional fries. A tweaked batter menu on the crinkle cut fries meant they absorbed less oil.

Meanwhile, the company has brought back Chicken Fries nationwide. The product, made out of chicken but shaped like fries and served with dipping sauces like honey mustard and ranch, was introduced in 2005 and taken off menus in 2012.


McDonald’s Plain Hamburger

America’s staple fast-food joint has, for better or worse, been an emblem of American culture since its genesis in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1955. Of all the burgers McDonald’s has to offer, the plain hamburger has the lowest calorie count at only 250 calories and just 4 g of saturated fat. On the other hand, the infamous Big Mac is more than double that number, with a whopping 540 calories plus 10g of saturated fat — and that’s before the french fries! Although it might not be the most intriguing option on the menu, the classic hamburger will satisfy your burger craving, and leave room for a small side of McDonald’s famous french fries!