Thank you to Burger King for sponsoring this post, all opinions are my own. 

I was recently given a challenge by a large fast food chain. They wanted me to try their new reduced fat, reduced calorie french fries to see if I would love them as much as they do.

Of course I accepted the challenge, I mean I’m pregnant and craving carbs after all!

So what exactly was I trying? –The new BK Satisfries!

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Here is the information they gave me before setting out on my quest:

WHAT

SATISFRIES™, a great tasting crinkle-cut French fry with 40% less fat than the leading French fry.

HOW

Just like most French fry recipes, SATISFRIES™ are made with thinly battered real whole potatoes. The difference is that the SATISFRIES™ recipe ensures that the French fries absorb less oil – only enough to keep each great tasting crinkle crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

WHY

BURGER KING® is the first quick service restaurant to sell a lower-fat, lower-calorie French fry cooked in the traditional method.

PRICE

SATISFRIES™ are sold in value (SRP $1.29), small (SRP $1.89), medium (SRP $2.09) and large (SRP $2.29) sizes.

INGREDIENTS

Potatoes, vegetable oil (contains one or more of the following oils: canola, soybean, cottonseed, sunflower, corn), tapioca starch-modified, contains 2% or less of corn starch-modified, paprika extract (color), rice flour, salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate (to maintain natural color), turmeric extract (color), xanthan gum

FRENCH FRY FACTS

  • 1 out of every 2 guests that comes into a BURGER KING® restaurant orders French fries.
  • French fried potatoes can be a part of a healthy, well balanced diet, and research shows they are consumed in moderation by most Americans.
  • In the United States, about 1/3 of potatoes are grown for use as French fried potatoes, either oven-baked or deep fried.
  • Like all forms of potatoes, French fries deliver meaningful amounts of key nutrients such as potassium and fiber. In fact, frying, because it reduces water, increases the concentration of many of the important vitamins and minerals in potatoes.
  • Gram-for-gram, French fries provide more potassium than most other vegetables .
  • Research shows that, on average, Americans get about 1.5% of their calories a day from French fried potatoes. Given that Americans consume an average of 2,080 calories per day, this represents about 31 calories a day.

40% less fat than McDonald’s® French Fries – 11.2 g vs. 6.3 g per 70 g serving.  30% fewer calories than McDonald’s® French Fries –226.8 calories vs. 150.5 calories per 70 g serving. Examination Survey, 2009-2010. Adv Nutr 2013; 4:335S-344S. 4 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, 2012. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25, Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page, http://www.ars.usda.gov/ba/bhnre/ndl Storey ML, Anderson PA. Contributions of white vegetables to nutrient intake: National Health and Nutrition

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So what did I think of these Satisfries?

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The good:

  • They have less fat and calories
  • They taste decent, not exactly the same as regular fries but okay
  • They are large and filling

The bad

  • There seems to be a weird aftertaste after eating them, I’m not sure if it is the oil or something with the fries
  • I prefer my fries crispier (this is just a preference thing), so the large fries may inhibit this a bit — cutting them smaller may help
    • Other people may actually like fries that are ‘fluffier’ on the inside, my preference is not
  • They cost more (my preference would be to equally substitute them for regular fries)

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So tell us…

Have you tried the Satisfries yet? What are your thoughts? If you haven’t, would you like to try them?