The average American eats 30 pounds of french fries a year. I found this statistic on a website devoted to the history of french fries. French fries are a much loved staple for us Americans. We probably out do the Belgians who consider them a national treasure.
I really love french fries. When they are fresh, they have a great taste. They are made by slicing and deep frying potatoes and then adding salt. The bummer is the deep frying part, because the calories in these little buggers is through the roof.
Compare them to eating a plain potato. A 5 ounce potato will put you back 110 calories. And the great thing about potatoes is that they are nutritious, with more potassium than a banana, vitamin C, and no fat. BUT, we don't eat them plain, do we?
For those of you with the self control to order a small fries, you are looking at 245 calories, while a medium sets you back about 400 calories.