Why aren't they veggies?
Why aren't french fries and popcorn considered
vegetables when they're just cooked potatoes and corn?
TB responded with this answer:
A vegetable is an edible part of a part. Popcorn and
fries are end products of vegetables usually prepared by unhealthy
means. When you are eating a fry, you are eating potatoes and grease
and a unhealthy dose of salt. This is high in carbohydrates, sodium
and fats. Popcorn is also generally high in fats (butter/oil) and
sodium. It also has little nutrition to boot.
R pointed this out:
A Potato is not a veggie in the first place. Its
considered a starch.
SomewhatDamaged gave us their views:
A vegetable is a plant cultivated for an edible
part, such as the root of the beet, the leaf of spinach, or the
flower buds of broccoli or cauliflower. Once another substance (i.e.
- grease) is added to the mix, it becomes something else. Just like
ketchup isn't called Tomatoes. A potato is a potato, french fries
are a snack made primarily out of potatoes.
halfpassed believes this:
The reason popcorn isn't considered a vegetable is
because it undergoes a bunch of changes. The actual composition of
the kernel, the stuff that becomes the white, fluffy stuff that is
popcorn, changes. The small amount of water in it starts to heat up
and, in about one-one thousandth of a second, expands 1700 times its
size, producing the "pop" and the blossom, the white stuff. So,
basically it undergoes a chemical change, and is no longer "corn".
As far as french fries, they're probably just too greasy to be
classified as food anymore.
veg summed it up with this:
because french fries are deep fried in oil,
something that is NOT healthy. and popcorn has butter, fat, and salt
on them NOT healthy.
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