McDonald's small fries
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It’s time for some Mickey D’s. Starting with the chain’s popular French fry product, let’s take a deep dive into its nutritional panel.

Everyone who loves fast-food knows McDonald’s has the best french fries in the biz. They are crisp, crunchy, cooked golden to perfection, and just straight up delicious. Too good to be passed over. Irresistible.

And with only 230 calories per serving, they’re much healthier than the fries sold by Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s, and Taco Bell.

Apart from having fewer calories than the competition, they also have less sodium, and fewer grams of carbs and fat. Not to mention the same amount of protein as most of their well-known competitors.

McDonald’s Small Fries are not only a lighter, healthier option, they’re also the most nutritious choice when compared to other fast food fries, which is awesome if you ask me.

Another thing in their favor is that a small order of fries from Mickey D’s is about the same size as Burger King’s medium fries. So you get to enjoy more delicious fried potato batons at half the price and calories.

McDonald’s used to fry its potatoes in a special beef tallow known as Formula 47, which is what gave them that rich, buttery flavor that made them famous.

Thanks to Formula 47, McDonald’s could produce french fries crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The beef tallow gave them a big taste advantage, but the company had to change the original french fry recipe in the early 90s due to health concerns and public perceptions.

The change was good. It made them healthier, and they’re still just as delicious.

McDonald’s Small Fries Calories and Nutrition

A small order of French fries from McDonald’s weighs approximately 80 grams and has 230 calories. Of those 230 calories, 116 are from carbs, fat contributes 99 calories, and only 12 calories come from protein.

You can view the full nutritional breakdown of McDonald’s French fries in the table below:

McDonald's Small Fries Nutrition
Calories From Fat99
Total Fat11g
Saturated Fat1.5g
Trans Fat0g


McDonald’s French fry recipe includes ingredients that contain the following allergens:

  • Wheat
  • Milk

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