Wendy's Fries Shrink, But Guess What They're Gaining ...

Emily Abbate
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French fries are a guilty pleasure of many. Fast food restaurants everywhere have lowered prices to make the menu more recession-friendly. There have been times when they've taken the classic French fry and added some pizazz, and other times when they're a little more conservative about what the people want nutritionally and helped the average Joe watch their weight in the drive-thru lane. 

Well, Wendy's is jumping on the bandwagon and caving to foodies everywhere.

The company announced Wednesday that they will be giving their standard fry a makeover, making the new version with russet potatoes. These spuds will be slimmer, keep their skin, and be topped with a sprinkle of sea salt. 

So what's this mean for your taste buds?

Well, if you're a fan of home-style cooking -- these spuds should be right up your alley. 

"We want every ingredient to be a simple ingredient, to be one you can pronounce and one your grandmother would recognize in her pantry," said Ken Calwell, Wendy's chief marketing officer.

The new fries are the restaurant's effort to focus on "real" ingredients; however, "real" doesn't mean that they are a healthier option. 

The new potatoes up the average sodium content for a medium from 250 to 500 milligrams of sodium, and calories are up 10 from their predecessors to a total of 420 calories. The fries are expected to roll out across the country throughout the next two weeks.

Looking to actually cut some calories at Wendy's? Check out some of these options to keep your rear in gear when you're on the go:

Small chili: 220 calories, 7 grams of fat, 18 grams protein

Jr. Cheeseburger: 270 calories, 11 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein

Jr. Vanilla Frosty: 160 calories, 4 grams of fat

Grilled Chicken Go Wrap (hold the sauce): 230 calories, 7 grams of fat, 19 grams protein

Apple Pecan Chicken Salad (half-size): 290 calories, 15 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein

 

Is the "real" foods approach at Wendy's worth the extra salt and calories?


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