New "Healthier" French Fry Hits Menus

OMAHA (kptm) - Fast food chains are always competing with each other for our business. Now, Burger King wants you to eat their French fries and not feel guilty about it. Tuesday they started selling "healthier" French fries, but for those who prefer the traditional fry, don't worry it's still on the menu. But how healthy are the new fries? Fox 42 News found out.

Burger King says a small order of its new "Satisfries" are about 270 calories. The same size order of traditional fries is 340 calories. The fast food giant says that's because of the batter they're using on the new "Satisfries," it absorbs less oil.

However one local fitness expert says, nothing you order on a fast food menu is considered healthy. "Fried food is definitely not our friend by any means."

For over 11 years, Mark Grubham has been shaping people into who they want to be, however he says he's been fighting fast food every step of the way.

Kent Fleming eats fast food regularly; he said "I never get anything healthy at a fast food restaurant."

"Realistically people are going to have it every once in a while," Grubham said.

But he says having a healthier option is better than nothing. "For a "healthier" French fry, it's better than a regular French fry."

He says he tells all of his clients that while exercise is important. Nutrition is key. "Getting your diet on track is huge, it's probably the number one thing besides the exercise and everything else."

And Grubham says a salad can be dangerous"when it comes to even basic salads, you gotta look at the calorie content cause sometimes just because it's a healthier version it doesn't mean its healthy, it could still be calorie packed," he said.

Fleming said, "I didn't know that."

Burger King says its customers won't be able to tell there are fewer calories in its new "Satisfries." They're made exactly the same way as their traditional fries, with three ingredients; batter, oil, and potatoes. They're even cooked in the same fryers.

Grubham says if you're going to eat any fast food at all, just make sure it's in moderation.

Many are mislead when it comes to nutrition. A Harvard medical study found that people think they are eating less. At least two thirds of participants underestimated the calorie content of their meals. They also ate more than a third of their day's calories in a single fast food visit.

And advertising isn't helping people find healthy items. Market research found in one year there was an 86 percent increase in the word "healthy" being used in ads and a 33 percent increase in the term "low-fat."