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Sweet Potato Fries??

I know just the regular sweet potatoes are better, but are sweet potato fries like the ones in the bag from wal mart or wherever, decent substitutes?

I would say no, but they are better than fast food fries.

Don’t get me wrong, I have them ocasionally cause they are delicious. Depending upon the brand I’d be sure to get ones that have minimal ingredients.

the biggest thing from a health perspective is when baked the formation of acrylamide. You can google this for more info.

That said, if we’ talking purely physique goals I don’t see why not, if you’re after physique and health I wouldn’t make them a staple for extended periods.

btw- check out the chipotle flavored ones, yum

There’s probably some decent brands out there but every time I check the label, there’s like 10 other ingredients that I don’t know how to pronounce. NOt only that but they are usually very fatty due to the questionable oils they are used with (i.e. canola oil).

I make my own. much better.

Most brands: Spray coat them in breading and flash fry them so they are partially cooked.

I’m not knocking them but (Whole Sweet Potato =/= Sweet potato fry)

I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?

[quote]chobbs wrote:
I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?[/quote]

Eat them, then make your own going forward :slight_smile:

[quote]chobbs wrote:
I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?[/quote]

It’s not the sat fat content that can be a problem. Saturated fat is not bad. The canola oil (as mentioned), in excess can be. If your diet is rather low overall in processed foods, I don’t see a little canola oil every now and then being a problem.

Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:
Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]

Random fact: canola is short for “CANadian Oil Low Acid”. It doesn’t come from a “canola plant”.

I just watched the Discovery Channel video demonstrating how it’s made. What was so not enticing about it?

Was it the sodium hydroxide wash, or the bleaching? Or the “canola cakes” or the “waxes”?

Personally, the process seemed fine to me… didn’t have a problem with it.

[quote]LoRez wrote:

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:
Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]

Random fact: canola is short for “CANadian Oil Low Acid”. It doesn’t come from a “canola plant”.

I just watched the Discovery Channel video demonstrating how it’s made. What was so not enticing about it?

Was it the sodium hydroxide wash, or the bleaching? Or the “canola cakes” or the “waxes”?

Personally, the process seemed fine to me… didn’t have a problem with it.[/quote]

random fact, they call it canola, because they though rapeseed oil hurt sales.

I take your last question as sarcasm, but then you end with seriousness.

does not seem like something we should be consuming much of

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:

[quote]LoRez wrote:

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:
Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]

Random fact: canola is short for “CANadian Oil Low Acid”. It doesn’t come from a “canola plant”.

I just watched the Discovery Channel video demonstrating how it’s made. What was so not enticing about it?

Was it the sodium hydroxide wash, or the bleaching? Or the “canola cakes” or the “waxes”?

Personally, the process seemed fine to me… didn’t have a problem with it.[/quote]

random fact, they call it canola, because they though rapeseed oil hurt sales.

I take your last question as sarcasm, but then you end with seriousness.

does not seem like something we should be consuming much of


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Looks like I saw the same video. I dunno, doesn’t look too bad to me.

They didn’t specify how it was bleached… but I doubt there was any chlorine involved.

And calcium hydroxide has been used for centuries for processing maize into masa via nixtamalization, which aids in nutritional absorption. Here, they’re using sodium hydroxide, but as far as I understand, it’s basically the same process.

So yeah, nothing in there is too shocking to me. Pressing oils out of anything, or grinding anything (ever try to make your own peanut butter?) is a mess, and the process seems to have managed it fairly well.

EDIT: Also, with respect to the “waxes”, that’s a similar process used for extracting thicker fats from just about anything. Make some homemade soup, simmer it for awhile, let it sit in the fridge, and a layer of fats will form on the top which you then can remove. Or, in the case of making tallow from suet, the (liquid) tallow floats to the top, and the solids stay at the bottom.

for comparison sake, though this is a smaller scale, so perhaps not a totally fair one

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:

[quote]chobbs wrote:
I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?[/quote]

It’s not the sat fat content that can be a problem. Saturated fat is not bad. The canola oil (as mentioned), in excess can be. If your diet is rather low overall in processed foods, I don’t see a little canola oil every now and then being a problem.

Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]
Saturated fat is my friend :slight_smile: I just drink 1/2 galloon of whole milk per day, so I try to stay clear of it b/c I figured I’m getting plenty from that

[quote]chobbs wrote:

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:

[quote]chobbs wrote:
I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?[/quote]

It’s not the sat fat content that can be a problem. Saturated fat is not bad. The canola oil (as mentioned), in excess can be. If your diet is rather low overall in processed foods, I don’t see a little canola oil every now and then being a problem.

Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]
Saturated fat is my friend :slight_smile: I just drink 1/2 galloon of whole milk per day, so I try to stay clear of it b/c I figured I’m getting plenty from that[/quote]

That is only 36g of saturated fat. My breakfast includes a can of coconut milk 65g of saturated fat. You will be fine embrace the fat.

[quote]maverick88 wrote:

[quote]chobbs wrote:

[quote]jehovasfitness wrote:

[quote]chobbs wrote:
I checked the bag and there were quite a few ingredients but the fat content was 8% , none of it saturated…so keep em or throw em?[/quote]

It’s not the sat fat content that can be a problem. Saturated fat is not bad. The canola oil (as mentioned), in excess can be. If your diet is rather low overall in processed foods, I don’t see a little canola oil every now and then being a problem.

Then again, youtube, how canola/rapeseed oil is made, not exactly enticing.[/quote]
Saturated fat is my friend :slight_smile: I just drink 1/2 galloon of whole milk per day, so I try to stay clear of it b/c I figured I’m getting plenty from that[/quote]

That is only 36g of saturated fat. My breakfast includes a can of coconut milk 65g of saturated fat. You will be fine embrace the fat.
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holy shit LOL, and that’s sayin somethin coming from me :smiley: