Amazing Benefits of Skin on Fries Wednesday 08 March 2023
About Skin on Fries
Fries, also known as French fries, are a beloved comfort food around the world. They can be enjoyed in many different ways, whether it be topped with cheese, smothered in gravy, or simply enjoyed with ketchup. However, have you ever tried skin on fries? Not only do they provide a different texture and flavor, but they also offer various benefits, both for you and the environment.
What are skin on fries?
Skin on fries are simply French fries that have not been peeled. As a result, the skin is left intact and becomes crispy when fried. This adds an extra layer of texture and flavor that is different from traditional French fries.
Benefits for health
Potatoes are naturally high in fiber, which is great for digestive health. However, most of the fiber in potatoes is located in the skin. By leaving the skin on, you are consuming more of this beneficial nutrient. Additionally, the skin contains other important nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Vitamin C is essential for a healthy immune system, while potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and maintain healthy heart function. Antioxidants, on the other hand, can help to protect your cells from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals.
It is important to note that many of these nutrients are located near the skin, so when you peel the potato, you are removing a lot of the nutritional value. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Food Science found that leaving the skin on potatoes can increase the nutritional value of the dish by up to 35%.
Reducing Food Waste
Furthermore, by leaving the skin on, you are also reducing food waste. Peeling potatoes produces a lot of waste, and by leaving the skin on, you are utilizing more of the edible portion of the potato.
Benefits for the environment
Speaking of reducing waste, leaving the skin on potatoes when making fries can have a positive impact on the environment. When food is wasted, it ends up in landfills where it produces methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. By reducing food waste, we can help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Additionally, leaving the skin on potatoes can reduce the amount of energy needed to produce fries. When you peel potatoes, you are removing a layer of the potato that requires energy to grow, transport, and process. By leaving the skin on, you are utilizing more of the potato and reducing the amount of energy needed to produce the same amount of fries.
Our Stealth Skin On Fries are loaded with flavor. Inspired to try these or other fries? Check out our foodservice recipes to see all of the possibilities.
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