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Are Burger King’s New Low-Fat Fries Really Healthier?

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Satisfries, a new lower calorie and lower fat french fry from the fast food restaurant chain Burger King, appear in Washington, DC, September 24, 2013, on the first day of their release. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Satisfries, a new lower calorie and lower fat french fry from the fast food restaurant chain Burger King, appear in Washington, DC, September 24, 2013, on the first day of their release. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Burger King’s new “Satisfries” contain 20 percent fewer calories than its regular fries, but is that enough to make a healthy difference?

St. Louis University Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Michael Lim, says sort of. But there is a problem. “Not many people go to a fast food place like, Burger King, to buy fries in isolation,” he says.

A small order of the new crinkle cut french fries, fried in a batter that doesn’t absorb as much oil, has 270 calories, compared to 350 for its regular fries.

Add a Whopper to that you’re looking at about forty grams of fat, explains Lim. Or add an Original Chicken Sandwich you’re looking at 39 grams of fat.

But Lim says any reduction in calories is a good start.

“We understand that french fries actually are not heart health and anything that can be done in this arena is an improvement.”

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