In June of 2011, USA Today reported:
"Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream."
This report was the result of studies done on eating habits and a comprehensive look at individual foods chosen by consumers. Results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Study findings stated that food choices are key when it comes to battling obesity - and that potato chips are the biggest individual dietary offender.
For some unknown reason, all this 'studying' left out all the different varieties of potato chips available to use today, such as baked, unsalted, whole grain, spicy baked, barbecued, etc. Many of these have far less fat and calories than the original fried, salted potato chip.
Potato Chip Nutrition
The average serving size for potato chips is 15 chips, or about 1 ounce, which contains approximately 150 to 160 calories.
The study referenced was funded by the National Institutes of Health and a foundation. Several researchers reported receiving fees from drug and nutrition companies for their reports. This is a strong indication of bias and perhaps outright lies to the public at large. Buyer, beware - and be smart.
How Potato Chips Came To Be
We love food history, so every once in a while we like to toss in some fun little tidbits, even if a food is now considered "unhealthy". Thus goes the story behind Potato Chips...
It was the year 1853 and George Crum, a chef who was working in Saratoga Springs, New York, was dealing with a complaining customer. It appears the unhappy patron did not find his fried potatoes to be crisp enough.
Again and again he sent his spuds back to the chef for a reworking. Time and again the chef had tried to make the man happy. As the interchange progressed, both men became more and more upset.
Finally, Chef Crum broke. He threw out the old potatoes and cut some new ones. He cut them paper thin and dropped them into ultra-hot fat. He delivered the plate of potatoes to the surprised patron. After a bite or two, the face of the pleased patron told Crum he had discovered something quite unique.
Indeed, he had! A complaining patron helped Crum invent America's most popular snack food: potato chips.
March 14: National Potato Chip Day.
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