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Are french fries a vegetable?

Stefanie Sacks, MS
Nutrition & Dietetics
As French fries come from potatoes, they are technically a vegetable. However, I would not consider them a healthy vegetable for regular consumption. The deep frying removes considerable nutrition and adds fat to the basic potato. If you can't lose the potato (and you shouldn't have to), try slicing or dicing, coating with some oil and baking them in the oven. Sweet potatoes are a great option too, made the same way. But be sure to have some green vegeteables (or other colors) with your starchy potatoes to balance your nutrition. 
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Shari Portnoy
Nutrition & Dietetics
Technically yes. According to choosemyplate.gov, potatoes are a vegetable. Just because you fry them, doesn't mean you remove the nutrients. By frying you add fat and calories.
Keri Gans
Nutrition & Dietetics
Sadly, although a potato is theoretically a vegetable, when I refer to "veggies," I don't include potatoes. That's because they're much higher in calories than all of the others. So I count them as a starch only. That doesn’t mean you can't eat French fries, though. It simply means that you can't count them as a veggie.
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