For many, potato chips are a favorite snack because they are relatively cheap, tasty and readily available. But, have you ever wondered what potato chips do to your health and body? After this you will surely avoid potato chips.
Converse to the incised opinion, not all chips are made from potatoes. For example, some types of chips are actually a mixture of wheat, rice, corn and potato flakes. As explained by Dr. Joseph Mercola, the mixture of the above ingredients is crushed and then cut into petals shaped like real chips, baked in a lot of oil, dried and finally sprayed with various powdered flavors.
Dr. Mercola warns that after this procedure (baking the chips at high temperatures) a harmful carcinogenic byproduct is created called acrylamide. It is a damaging and potentially neurotoxin combination that occurs when foods rich in carbohydrates, such as potato chips and French fries are baked at high temperatures of about 100 degrees Celsius. When the cooking is finished, the surface of the food becomes a yellow or brown color, which is a sign that acrylamide is created, as written on the website www.drmercola.com.
Potato chips typically contain a large amount of fat and calories that increase the risk of obesity. About 30gr of chips, which is about 15-20 petals, contain about 10gr of fat and 154 calories. A study from 2011 published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that a daily consumption of 30gr of chips leads to an average increase of an average mass of 1kg over four years.
As scientists emphasize, the link between chips and obesity is stronger than the link between obesity and any other food product, including meat products and sweetened beverages. In addition, excess weight is associated with increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer, writes www.healthyeating.sfgate.com.