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Harvard Nutritionist Recommends We Only Eat 6 Fries Per Serving

A nutritionist from Harvard University has suggested that six french fries is the ideal number to accompany your meal.

Most of us could probably benefit from watching what we eat and altering our diet a little. Even the healthiest among us have slip-ups or vices that we just can't give up. Chocolate, beer, potato chips, food and drink that we know is bad for us, but we can't help going to town on it from time to time.

Another vice that a great majority of us have is french fries. We might not even consider it a vice. Fries are simply a side that comes with our meal. We don't have them in a bag at the back of our cupboard or fridge and hope that we forget about them. What we don't realize while we're eating them is how unhealthy fries really are.

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Take a large portion of them at McDonald's for instance. In that case, the fries almost contain as many calories as a Big Mac. It might not look it or feel like it as you eat them, but the difference is just 30 calories. The amount of fries Americans consume prompted Eric Rimm, a nutritionist at Harvard University, to offer some unwelcomed advice via the New York Times. Dr. Rimm believes that we should limit ourselves to six fries per serving.

Dr. Rimm's exact words were "I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries." We don't want to cause any trouble, but that sounds like the opposite of nice to us. Six fries would not be enough to satisfy our salty potato-based cravings. In fact, if we were only going to get six fries with our meal, we think we'd rather opt for none at all.

Portion control and limiting yourself when you eat unhealthy food and treats is key to a balanced diet. If you cut out food and drink you enjoy altogether then you run the risk of falling off the wagon and binging on those foods. Have them in moderation and that is less likely to happen. However, we feel like six fries leans more towards not having them at all than portion control.

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