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Scientists are now looking for ways to create the perfect "French fries". This versatile fry means a lot to many people. Some like theirs the straight McDonald's-style while others like the spicy kind twist around and some prefer them thick with the skin left on. Mired in controversy with nutritionists that believe that these fries cause obesity and make the obese develop various diseases, there is no denying that this is big business since the world over people are known to spend nearly $ 75 million on such food. Applying the basic principles of engineering and chemistry, scientists are finding novel methods to make better fries that strike a balance among taste, feel, and nourishment. Their study might actually help this much-maligned food to a version that meets the gourmets as well as the doctors' level of perfection.

Compiled by PAROMITA PAIN

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