What's wrong with potato chips?

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majii

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Posted: 07 Oct 2011, 10:05
Okay, I'm new to this site, and I don't want anybody biting my head off, but I've often heard/read that potato (or corn) chips are bad, and I was wondering if somebody could explain why. I read the nutritional information on a small (1 ounce) bag of chips, and they're generally higher in fat that you'd want, but if you're only having one bag, I don't see the problem. 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat, no cholesterol, 150 mg of sodium, 15 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein. If I saw those numbers on anything else I'd think it was a reasonable snack/side. What am I missing?
klbarcaskey

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Posted: 07 Oct 2011, 22:59
They are calorie dense and nutrient poor. Yes, you can have one serving and it wont kill you, but i am still hungry afterward, unlike a bowl of oatmeal which has the same calories, or cottage cheese and fruit, i can get nutrients and fiber from. One oz of anything shouldn't have so many calories. It's ok for a now and again, but not a good regular choice, and those 100 calorie snack packs usually fall into the same category. Opting for vegetables or fruit or protein for a snack will leave you more full, and less tired ultimately.
gnat824

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Posted: 07 Oct 2011, 23:11
Several reasons they're target. They're a pure junk food with no nutritional value. The portion size is notoriously small, so unless you have a true single portion bag like you're talking about (and not one of those larger bags masquerading as a single portion bag!) its really tough to just eat one serving. I think it's a trigger food for a lot of people too- even if they sit down intending to eat one serving, it can end up as 3 or 4 and maybe even some extra snacking.

That said, if you can eat them in moderation, go for it. I keep tortilla chips around and weigh out an ounce to eat with guac, so it definitely CAN be done.
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PeeFat

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 08:20
Don't forget about the possibility you'll get cancer. Watch the video.

http://fitperez.com/2011-05-04-acrylamide-in-potato-chips
greerp

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 08:34
Potato chips are the product of basement cat - pure evil.
pam-u-la

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 09:57
Potato chips are the ultimate challenge in the art of self control! Anyone who can just have a single serving without adding those few extra handfuls needs a metal. They definitely have drug like qualities! I know this because I am a recovering junk food addict!
gnat824

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 11:05
Peefat, have you by any chance noticed they can (and have) linked anything to cancer? Some of it is no doubt true, some of it is likely false and the increased risk from the true stuff probably pales in comparison to so many other risks in our lives. As an occasional eater, I'm not so much concerned about that as about any number of other safety issues with our foods.
- Natalie
majii

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 16:37
I know I can't eat them out of a large bag or I'll lose all sense of portion control, so I try to only have the 1 ounce bags. I regularly have a deli turkey sandwich, a bag of chips, and an apple for lunch, and it fills me up pretty well for about 500 calories. Chips are really convenient when I don't have time to fix anything else. I was just curious if there was something beyond what I was seeing making one serving a bad thing.
thinner120

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 17:04
I can't have potatoe chip right now because I am in the first stages of Atkins, but I do like them very much! Potatoes are notorious for playing a role in lowering blood sugar because they react in the system like sugar. However they are also known for their high satiety index which means a few chips should be quite satisfying. Potatoes are loaded with potassium. It isn't the potatoe chip itself that is necessarily bad. Consider how they were made. What kind of oil did they use, and what kind of additives are in the ingredients list? There is an additive in one of the famous corn chips that they also use to make livestock gain weight so what do you think it would do to a human? Also ask yourself if they used sea salt which maybe healthier. I would go with a kettle variety made with sea salt.
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NCNOLE

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 17:18
Hate to break it to you, but potato chips will raise your blood sugar just like potatoes. Sea salt has the same amount of sodium as regular salt too. The only thing that might help by using sea salt, is you might use less.
PeeFat

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 17:22
gnat824 wrote:
Peefat, have you by any chance noticed they can (and have) linked anything to cancer? Some of it is no doubt true, some of it is likely false and the increased risk from the true stuff probably pales in comparison to so many other risks in our lives. As an occasional eater, I'm not so much concerned about that as about any number of other safety issues with our foods.


In 2002 research proved that acrylamide does cause cancer in animals. I don't think they have proof that it will give us cancer but I wouldn't feed it to my children. Boiled or baked potaoes or baked potato chips would be my preference until it is show to not be harmful to humans. The levels of acrylamide fluctuate depending on the temperature the potatoes were stored at as well as the sugar content of the potato.

Having states force manufacturers to put warnings on the bags or prevent them being sold in their states is serious enough to have great concern.

Hoser

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 17:59
As others have said, the major thing that's "bad" about potato chips is that they have no real nutritional value. Also, 150mg of sodium is pretty much the floor-- flavored chips can have 2-3X that. For me, 300mg is about 20% of the sodium that I consume in a typical day.

That doesn't mean that you should never eat them, though. If you really like potato chips and would be sad if you never ate them, maybe work them into your diet once a week?

PeeFat

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011, 20:08
NCNOLE wrote:
Hate to break it to you, but potato chips will raise your blood sugar just like potatoes. Sea salt has the same amount of sodium as regular salt too. The only thing that might help by using sea salt, is you might use less.


Correct. sodium is sodium and there is no difference that way. There is a difference though. Sea salt doesn't have an anti-caking agent added to it. Sea salt also contains trace amounts of magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromide, zinc, and bicarbonate among others.

I prefer the taste and texture of my coarse sea salt on lot's of food items.
thinner120

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 11:46
thinner120 wrote:
Also ask yourself if they used sea salt which is lower in sodium.


Rolling Eyes Embarassed I stand corrected. I learned something new again today. Thanks
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artistriley

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 14:11
Hoser wrote:
That doesn't mean that you should never eat them, though. If you really like potato chips and would be sad if you never ate them, maybe work them into your diet once a week?


You ate exactly right. A thin person might have a bag of potato chips once in a while, and they don't feel bad about it. As long as you're doing good 85 or 90 % of the time go ahead and have the chips
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SharaLynne

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 15:01
Moderation, with anything, is the key. I don't deprive myself of chips, I just only eat them once a week or once every two weeks and only eat the portion size listed on the bag. I count out the number per serving and put them in a cup or bowl and put the bag away. I know myself well enough that if I did not do that, I'd eat the whole stinking bag!
kattk

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 15:16
potato chips, sweetened soda and french fries are the lading cause of obesity in america. i think its more of a portion control, high calorie issue more than anything. we have 5 bags on our fridge right now and i havent had one chip and hope not to have any Smile
Katt
westcoastbro...

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 15:27
I like to look at how many of a thing make up 100 calories. The chips I have here in the house, it's 7 chips. That's not much. And, of the 100 calories, 65 of them are from fat.

If you can moderate yourself to 7 chips, then they're not a diet problem.
Ceebee

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Posted: 09 Oct 2011, 17:33
I eat chips.. I had some last night. I say have them from time to time.. Dont fill up on them and dont eat them all the time. But then I also had gelato and pizza today. Smile SO maybe I am not the person you want leading you into the path of weight loss.. although I have lost 74 lbs in total and 61 since I started on this website. And I am not bothered at all that the rest of my life will consist of the food choices that lead to losing of all of that weight. Smile

TeDik

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Posted: 10 Oct 2011, 04:58
You can make the chips yourself in the microwave. There are special racks you can set thin slices of potatoes in and in a few minutes in the microwave you have fatfree chips. No fat so less calories. You can than season them with whatever you want.



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