Next up on the aisles to avoid at the grocery store is the potato chip aisle. If you must go down this aisle might I suggest chips that are baked. Another suggestion would be to have a baked potato instead of potato chips. A potato not deep fried in much better for you than one that is.
Thanks goes to healthyeating.sfgate.com for the information below on the negative effects of potato chips.
1. Chips are typically high in fat and calories, which can raise the risk of weight gain and obesity. The link between potato chips and weight gain was stronger than the link between weight gain and other dietary components, including processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and unprocessed red meats. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer.
2. Chips are low in nutritional value. If you regularly include chips as part of your diet, you may not be consuming as many nutrients as you should. Chips are typically low in vitamins and minerals, and they tend to displace things in the diet that are higher in nutrients.
3. The sodium content in chips may negatively impact your cardiovascular health. A high intake of sodium can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease and kidney disease. Potato chips generally have between 120 and 180 milligrams of sodium per ounce, and tortilla chips can have 105 to 160 milligrams of sodium per ounce. A bag of chips typically contains more than a single ounce, so many people consume more sodium than they realize when eating chips.
4. Frequent chip consumption can contribute to high cholesterol levels because of the amount and type of fat found in chips. Most chips are deep-fried, a process that creates trans fats, the most dangerous type. In addition, the oils used for frying chips are often saturated fats, which also contribute to high cholesterol levels.
As you can see there isn’t anything good that comes from eating potato chips. If you must eat them might I suggest you eat them on a very limited basis, or stick to baked chips or tortilla chips which have less fat and calories.
Check out the link below for some great healthy alternatives to potato chips and french fries. Some of these look so good, I’m going to have to give them a try.