Healthier choices are becoming an important part of the American way of life, and fast-food restaurants are realizing they have to catch up or miss out on potential revenue.
Wendy’s has recently announced that it will be offering a new, healthier version of one of its popular menu items, giving consumers the option to get a smaller portion of fries without sacrificing their favorite flavor.
But are these new Wendy’s small fry calories really as healthy as Wendy’s promises?
How many calories is in a large order of fries?
Wendy’s large fries contain 590 calories and 25 grams of fat. A small order of fries contains 410 calories and 17 grams of fat.
Those are definitely not as healthy as many other options at fast-food restaurants; Wendy’s has several sides that have fewer calories than either size, for example.
If you need a side dish to go with your burger or sandwich, Wendy’s offers baked potatoes (no butter) with 300 calories and 0 grams of fat. If you want something crunchier, try an apple with no added sugar or cinnamon: 50 calories and 0 grams of fat.
Or pick up some fruit like apples, oranges or bananas. Or if you don’t mind frying, choose onion rings instead—they have 170 calories and 9 grams of fat per serving.
How many calories are in small fries?
Wendy’s small fries have 200 calories and 7 grams of fat, which is slightly less than the average fast food French fry.
You’ll also find 10 milligrams of cholesterol in Wendy’s small fries, as well as 4 grams of dietary fiber and 35 grams of carbohydrates.
Although calories in small fries from Wendy’s are on par with similar items from competitors, there is more protein in other brands’ small size French fries.
For example, McDonald’s small fries contain 190 calories and 6 grams of fat, but they also contain 3 grams of protein. Burger King’s small fries have 210 calories and 9 grams of fat but only 2 grams of protein.
The amount of sodium in Wendy’s small fries is higher than many competitors’, too: The chain has 320 milligrams per serving, while Burger King has 250 milligrams per serving and McDonald’s has 350 milligrams per serving.
What are the ingredients in Wendy’s French fries?
Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola, Corn and/or Soybean Oil), Dextrose, Seasoning (Salt, Maltodextrin [Made from Corn], Onion Powder, White Pepper).
Prepared in Vegetable Oil. Contains: Wheat. Calories in Wendy’s French Fries – Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1 order of small fries (180g) Amount Per Serving Calories 370 Total Fat 19g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 1090mg Carbohydrate 43g Dietary Fiber 4g Sugars 0g Protein 5g Vitamin A 6% Calcium 2% Vitamin C 15% Iron 8% * The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Wendy’s Company is proud to serve quality, great-tasting menu items that meet consumers’ changing dietary preferences. We believe it is important to provide consumers with choices so they can select what they prefer most for themselves and their families. Some of our products may contain ingredients or preparation methods that are different from those used in other products.
As a result, individual nutritional values may vary slightly between products and/or on package labels.
We do not recommend making product comparisons based solely on these differences as we cannot guarantee consistent nutrient values across all of our products at all times. Instead, we encourage you to use information on product packaging as a guide when comparing similar foods within our menu items.*
How Healthy Are Their French fries?
Don’t be fooled by Wendy’s recent marketing campaign. All sizes of fries are deep-fried in trans fat, and their small fry portion (smaller than Burger King or McDonald’s) actually contains more calories and fat grams per ounce than larger orders.
If you want to enjoy a small serving of fries, stick with a small (not medium or large) order of McDonald’s fries—they have 45 fewer calories than a small order at Wendy’s.
And don’t forget that no matter how healthy your fast food meal is, it will still contain plenty of sodium.
To make matters worse, most fast food restaurants serve salty sides like ketchup packets and salt packets without asking if you want them! For example, a single order of French fries from Wendy’s comes with nine salt packets on top of each other—that adds up to over half your daily recommended sodium intake in just one meal! That’s why I recommend adding vinegar to your fries instead of salt; not only does vinegar help decrease your cravings for unhealthy foods, but it also helps prevent high blood pressure and other chronic health problems.
The bottom line: You can eat fast food occasionally, but try to do so wisely by ordering smaller portions and making smart swaps wherever possible.
How many calories are in a large order of fries at McDonald’s?
As of February 2011, a large order of fries at McDonald’s contains 510 calories. However, that figure is out-of-date.
The nutritional value in a small order of fries changed dramatically when McDonald’s lowered sodium levels to 1,000 mg and reduced fat content by 25 percent. In addition to improving health standards, these changes also lowered caloric values in their menu items like fries by 10 percent or more.
A small order of fries now has 370 calories. If you want to keep your calorie intake under 500 for a meal, stick with eating half of a large serving. This will give you only 235 calories per meal.
How many calories are in Wendy’s small fry?
Wendy’s small fries have about 420 calories. That’s about two-thirds of a day’s worth for someone following a 2,000-calorie diet. Wendy’s small fries are big, though—they measure 1/3 of a cup each—so it may be easier to just share them between two people.
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Each half-cup serving has 170 calories.
(That said, we wouldn’t recommend eating more than one serving at a time.) If you want to cut back on calories but still want something filling and flavorful, try Wendy’s baked potato with light butter instead: It has 220 calories and 5 grams of fat.
Or if you’re looking for a snack that won’t fill you up too much, opt for an apple or orange instead. Both fruits have less than 100 calories per serving.