15 Interesting Facts About French Fries

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If you think the only thing to know about French fries is that they’re delicious, think again. Here are fifteen interesting facts about our favorite fried vegetable.

15. They Go By Different Names

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We call them “French fries” or just simply “fries” in America. But, in the U.K., they’re called “chips.” And, in France, they’re called “frites.” No matter what they’re called, we can all agree on one thing: French fries are loved by just about everyone in the world.

FUN FACT: In 2003, Congress attempted to remove the word “French” from French fries and rename them “Freedom Fries.” Why, you ask? Well, the U.S. was quite upset about France’s opposition to their plan to invade Iraq. So, Republicans wanted to get rid of the name “French fries.” They even went so far as to change the title of the menu option in Congressional cafeterias. But, as support for the Iraq war began to wane, the name on the menu was eventually changed back to “French fries.”

14. We Consume a LOT of Fries

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According to National Geographic, the average American eats nearly 30 pounds (the weight of a small child) of French fries each year. But, that’s not even the worst of it. Belgians eat more French fries than anyone else. In fact, they consume 165 pounds (the weight of an adult!) per person each year. Hmm, wonder how many jars of mayo they go through in a year? LOL!

FUN FACT: No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. And, we didn’t make a typo either. That said, yes Belgians eat their fries with mayo-based sauces. Hey, to each his own.