A small order of McDonalds’ fries were named the best fast food fries in America, according to Men’s Health magazine.
That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good for you; they’re just not as bad as some of the other greasy heaps of fried potatoes out there.
A small order of McDonald’s (Stock Quote: MCD) fries provide 11 grams of fat and 230 calories, making it the lowest-calorie order of fries in the Men’s Health rankings. Of course, a small portion size prevents calorie counts from getting too high.
While salt content really depends on the individual restaurant’s practices and whether restaurant-goers salt their own fries, McDonald’s fries were found to be the least salty among those studied, providing 160 milligrams of sodium. That compares to Dairy Queen’s (Stock Quote: BRKA) Chili Cheese Fries, which Men’s Health calls the worst for your blood pressure, with about 2,550 milligrams of sodium. The recommended daily allowance for sodium in the United States is 2,400 milligrams.
Curly fries from Arby’s (Stock Quote: WEN), wedge fries from Jack in the Box, regular Five Guys fries and Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries with Jalapeno Ranch were some of the most unhealthy offenders, according to Men’s Health.
For other quick meal options that aren’t heart attacks waiting to happen, see MainStreet’s roundup of somewhat healthier fast food menu items.