Food Police: 6 French Fries Per Serving

A Nanny-State Harvard professor wants us all to have a new reason to feel guilty about our diets.

This Ivy League nutrition expert says that the worst thing you can eat is a seventh french fry. Stop at the magic number of six and you’re good, insists the aspiring chief of the food police. Read more from … – We’re officially joining the throngs of fired-up online commenters: Six French fries is just not enough.

Last week, a Harvard professor told the New York Times that six–six!–measly fries might be a more reasonable serving size of everyone’s favorite starchy delights.

“I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries,” said Eric Rimm, ScD, a professor in the departments of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Naturally, Twitter lost its mind.

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@natlckettwrites – What kind of MAD MAN would want six french fries? I get it, they are bad for you, but eating SIX sounds like torture. I’d rather not have them at all. But we all know that’s not going to happen.

The backlash even prompted Rimm himself to enter the fray and defend his statement.

Eric Rimm@EricRimm – My suggestion to the NYTimes was that perhaps restaurants should offer a smaller portion size as a tantalizing option to satisfy those with a taste for fries but who don’t want the starch bomb

Whether you order them in a restaurant or defrost the frozen kind at home, you probably end up with way more than six fires on your plate. As one fries fan on Twitter pointed out, some of us could easily put down six fries in a single bite.

Kevin Oliver@kevingoliver – only 6 fries is an affront to one’s stomach.

Zac Thomas@ZacPThomas – Seriously. I average 6 fries a bite.