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Burger King introduces lower-calorie, lower-fat french fries

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Burger King introduces lower-calorie, lower-fat french fries

By Steve Betts. CREATED Sep 24, 2013

Burger King restaurants across North America are putting a new, healthier spin on french fries.

On Tuesday, the fast-food giant introduced Satisfries, with 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than the restaurant's current fries, USA Today reports. Compared to the fries sold at BK's biggest rival, McDonald's, the new, crinkle-cut fries have 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories.

Don't worry, Satisfries aren't replacing Burger King's classic offering, they're being sold in addition to them, for those customers who are seeking a healthier alternative but aren't quite willing to go the celery or carrot-stick route. A small serving of Satisfries contains 270 calories and 11 grams of fat vs. 340 calories and 15 grams of fat for the same size serving of BK's classic version.

Satisfries will cost 20 to 30 cents more per serving (except in Kids Meals, where there will be no price difference). There's also no difference in their ingredients compared to BK's classic fries, with the only change being a re-configuring in the amount of a few ingredients, although the fast-food chain won't spill details on what those amounts are.

However, Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and author of the upcoming book, "The Pinterest Diet: How to Pin Your Way Thin," cautions, "You don't want people to fool themselves and actually increase the serving size because they think it's healthier. French fries are an easy way to get a lot of calories and a lot of fat."

For now, it remains to be seen whether Burger King's new menu item will leave customers feeling satis-fried.