Crunchy French fries dipped in tomato ketchup is probably the most favorite snack enjoyed by children around the globe. Though the dish is deemed as a junk food, nutrition experts say that French fries could be enjoyed occasionally, in moderate quantities. However, constant binging on French fries could seriously affect the health. Instead of deep frying, French fries could be shallow fried to make them healthier.
Potatoes that are used to make French fries are rich in nutrients. The carbohydrates in it aid digestion. Moreover, it provides energy for the children. Potatoes are a store house of vitamin B6, potassium, niacin, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. It is excellent to ensure the growth and health of bones. Besides, potatoes contain flavonoids and folic acid too.
While cooking French fries, make sure that the oil isn’t over heated as it would create trans fatty acids which is harmful to health. Similarly, do not reuse oil as it might turn carcinogenic.
Oils like sunflower oil, bran oil, soybean oil and sesame oil that contain unsaturated fats should be used to fry French fries. Meanwhile, it is better to avoid hydrogenated fats like Dalda and palm oil.
Serving a refreshing vegetable salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and carrot as side dish would prevent the extra fat deposit in the body. Do not serve fatty dips like mayonnaise with French fries. Sprinkling too much salt would not only make the French fries unhealthy but soggy too.