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Why do we love french fries?

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We told you Tuesday that Burger King has introduced a new lower calorie option french fry.  And that got us thinking, what is it about french fries?  So many people love them and restaurants keep re-inventing them.  FOX28's Melanie Yuill hit the streets to find out.

Wednesday Judy Brindle said,  "I love french fries."  And who doesn't?  The salty slices of potato have been an American favorite for decades.  "There's definitely a love affair with French Fries in America," said local McDonald's owner David Sparks. 

That love affair starts at an early age.  Talking about french fries Six-year-old Tashyah Elzey said, "They're good and I like to eat em all the time."

So why do people love theses fried pieces of potato?  Elzey said,  "because they taste good."  Brindle said, "I don't know they're just good."

Purdue Extension Health and Nutrition Educator Mary Ann Lienhart-Cross explained it by saying, "They're satisfying, there's mouth appeal and when it's in your stomach you feel good."

Sparks said fries remind us of home.  "It helps really complete a meal.  Growing up it's always been meat, potatoes, and a beverage so it's always been part of a meal."

Lienhart-Cross agrees the french fry fascination is rooted in what it's made out of, potatoes.  "We're obsessed with potatoes whether it be french fried or hash browns or baked with lots of calories on it we like potatoes."

And these days a meal doesn't have to be meat and potatoes, but people still want that potato part, especially in french fry form.  "They may get yogurt parfait and french fry or salad and french fry," said Sparks.  And sometimes they aren't even part of a meal.  Jessie Gilbert said she'll, "just snack on them sometimes."

A recent study suggested carbs like fries can be highly addictive.  Lienhart-Cross said since most of us like french fries so much she doesn't suggest you take them out of your diet all together.  She said you'll be fine as long you limit them to once a week.

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