What’s so Natural about Wendy’s Natural Cut French Fries?

image source: Wendy’s

Yum French Fries! Kids love it, adults love it! Unfortunately most kids think French fries are veggies. But this post is not about whether French fries are veggies or not, it’s about what goes on in making these French fries in the large fast food chains.  When I first read about Wendy’s Natural Cut French Fries in an article last week, I was really intrigued by the chemicals used in the different steps of making French fries.

First of all, it amazes me how the word “natural” is used so loosely by food companies. In this day and age, even if you see products that have ‘natural’ on them, you still need to read the ingredients and understand how the food was made because ‘natural’ is often used to misguide the consumer.

Here is how Wendy Natural Fries are made.

1)      Once the fries are cut they are sprayed with sodium acid pyrophosphate, a chemical that prevents them from turning brown from two baths in frying oil.

2)      First oil bath given at the factory.

3)      Second oil bath given at the store.

4)      The fries are also dusted with dextrose (another name for High Fructose Corn Syrup, really we need to add that to French Fries also??)

5)      Wendy’s frying oil as well as most other large fast food chain is dosed with dimethlypolysiloxane, a silicon based chemical that helps keep the vegetable oil from getting foamy after countless rounds of frying.

Wow.. so much junk when all I think of is potatoes, oil and salt when it comes to French fries. Having known this, I think we will be cutting back on our limited French fries consumption from the large fast food places unless they make them fresh on site.

So what can you do? Here are a few options to avoid eating these store bought French fries:

1)      Eat at places that cut the potatoes at the location itself. I know In n Out in California and the southwest USA does it. Are there others in your area? Let me know and I will add to the list. Make the decision to eat well with your $$.

2)      Or better yet – make the French fries at home. You can bake them or fry them and plus you can control the ingredients that go in. We love making French fries at home. My kids are especially fond of the baked sweet potato fries we make at home.

Next post – trans fats in oil, the side effects of all the above chemicals.


  1. Ew. Can I just say that In-N-Out fries are the best?!! Why don’t all the fast food joints to them that way?

  2. monica @ speeddate says:

    cool site! i look forward to reading more :)

  3. Rashmi says:

    thanks for visiting. Would love to hear any comments you might have.

  4. Ruchi says:

    Great post Rashmi! We have started avoiding nearly all fried foods unless cooked at home. Eating foods that are fried in re-used low quality oils is really bad for your health. Can’t wait for your post on transfats.

  5. The first red flag is when it says “natural flavor.” Thanks for posting this. Somehow I missed it on HuffPost. Looking forward to seeing you at camp!

  6. Rashmi says:

    Thanks Ruchi….

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