Grumpy Harvard Professor Says 6 French Fries Per Serving Is Enough

Who does he think he is?

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A Harvard professor recently gave out his expert opinion and said what we all knew: french fries are bad for you. While there’s nothing wrong with this statement, the professor sparked outrage when he said that restaurants should offer a side salad and just six French fries to their patrons. What is he, the fry police?

Professor Eric Rimm made his statement in a New York Times article, where he called potatoes “starch bombs,” and the worst vegetables to fry. “There aren’t a lot of people who are sending back three-quarters of an order of French fries. I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries,” he said.

The New York Times piece goes on and on about the perils of French fries, as if we didn’t already know. One of the saddest discoveries you’ll make in your life is learning that the more delicious the fast food, the worse it is for your health. Still, that doesn’t mean that when you order fries you’ll have to settle for six little sticks.

Obesity is indeed a big problem in America, with different experts claiming that when it comes to fries we should protect ourselves in any way we can, be that by foregoing sauces, reducing portions or simply by not eating them at all.

While serving six French fries sounds sad because of its specificity, fast food outlets and restaurants should work harder to provide appetizing and healthy side options for the American public. Healthy food can also be delicious, it just takes a little more dedication.

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