Harvard Professor Suggests 6-Fry Serving Size And No One's Having It

The Internet Comes For Harvard Professor Who Says 6 Fries Is A Serving Size

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First of all, how dare he

Last week in the New York Times, an epidemiology and nutrition professor at Harvard University, Dr. Eric Rimm, discussed the health benefits of staying away from fried potatoes – and suggested that the healthy serving size for one of America’s most beloved fast foods should be six fries.


In the days, that followed, the internet exploded with hilarious reactions from people who can’t conceive of heeding his advice, even if it’s hazardous to their health.

Rimm explained in the article that french fries are “starch bombs” that have been shown to contribute to obesity and other health risks–both because potatoes don’t have a high nutritional value and because they are often fried in unhealthy oil during their preparation.

“There aren’t a lot of people who are sending back three-quarters of an order of French fries,” Dr. Rimm said, unknowingly welcoming a mountain of vocal resistance from the people of the world. “I think it would be nice if your meal came with a side salad and six French fries.”

Little does Rimmer know that the only reason we ever count French fries is to make sure our kids aren’t stealing them off our plate.

Even though the The Agriculture Department suggests a healthy serving size to be 12 to 14 fries (or about three ounces, or 140 calories), Rimm’s response was even more untenable. And he seemed to kind of know it.

“It’s too bad in this country you’ll pry them from my cold dead hand,” he concluded, before the article listed a few ways you can make fries healthier, like by baking them or choosing a sweet potato variety.

Since then, Twitter has been clapping back, some users with shock, some with sadness, and other with defiance.

Nathaniel Woodward started us off by sharing some cold, hard truth.

Like, this all seems very suspicious, to be honest.