Does chips really good for you?


All one can boast about is baked proprietary products available in the market have less calories than the conventional fried ones. Don’t stop reading at this; you deserve to know every detail about how the calories are then compensated without compromising the taste. If you think you’ve read the label, may be what you missed out is the comparative analysis of the same. Let me chip in some comparisons about these chips here.

The marketing gimmicks are the major reason for health conscious people falling prey to these traps. Most of the times, they forget that the particular food would still need to be consumed sparingly.

One should note that consuming baked chips doesn’t free you from your waistline worries. These chips are indeed less in calories compared to the fried ones, but aren’t calorie free. Also, the difference is only significant enough to fool you – 150 odd calories from the conventional fried chips vs. 120 odd from the baked.

In that one serving of 25-30 g of chips (15-18 crisps); a fried one offers undesirable calories through fat; while the baked one offers the same from easy carbs like sugar, corn starch and corns sugar used.

Another furtive fact is that any processed food item is ought to have high sodium content. When the ingredients are compared – fried chips are made out of potatoes, whereas baked ones are made out of dried potatoes. This makes it more processed and the sodium content cannot be neglected.

Market also has a range of chips with ‘microlight salt’ (claiming it to be low in salt content), ‘lightly salted’ labels. Again, go slow… the chips might be low in salt, but they still contain sodium!

About these chips being cholesterol free; the manufacturers aren’t doing anything special for you. The chips are meant to be cholesterol free; not fat-free! All you need to know is – plant sources never have cholesterol; so neither potatoes nor oil bear any cholesterol.

Time and again researches have proved that when fats and high temperature cooking gets along (baking involves high temperatures too!); trans-fats are bound to get generated. Then why fall for claims as ‘trans-fat free’ and expose yourselves with carcinogens more often!

If you are looking at the 1-2 g proteins coming from that one serving of chips; it’s as good as claiming the chips to be ‘zero-protein’; since the quality of that protein is way too inferior.

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