Why Baked Potato Chips Are Unhealthy
With the recent health craze, it’s not surprising that practically every manufacturer in the food industry has its own line of healthy foods.
It seems like a dream come true since everywhere you turn; your favorite food has been made healthier. But has it?
Unfortunately, many foods that have been made over to be healthier are just as unhealthy as they were before. A good example is baked potato chips. So many people love the original thing, so snack food companies decided to offer what they consider as a healthier version.
While it’s true that they’re lower in fat than the original version, they’re still just as high in calories. 1 ounce of the healthier stuff can have has much as 110 calories. Now add a whopping 23 grams of carbohydrates, plus 3 grams of sugar to the mix and you’ve got trouble.
(Every wonder why they put sugar in potato chips? Because sugar is addictive and you’ll eat more, that’s why!)
Sure, your heart might not give out any time soon from the lack of fat, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience other health problems. Just eating a simple baked potato alone can put you at risk for diabetes because they’re loaded with glycemic; now imagine eating it in the form of a chip! Every bite you take absorbs faster in your bloodstream than eating sugar alone.
Glycemic causes your blood sugar levels to rise and then drop quickly which can damage the pancreatic cells that produce insulin. Insulin is what keeps our blood sugar stabilized. And if you’re already overweight, the greater your chances are of getting diabetes because you’re more resistant to insulin.
Unfortunately the unhealthy effects probably won’t stop most of us from continuing to eat our favorite snack food. So if you’re one who can’t banish potatoes all together, try making your own healthier version of them rather than buying them already prepared.
And in order to get the most nutrients, leave the skin on instead of removing it. The skin contains almost half of our daily recommendation of vitamins’ B6 and C.
If you don’t mind experimenting, try sweet potatoes instead. You can bake it, or boil it and its much more nutritional than the original spud.
Still, you should keep in mind that all potatoes are a starch and should only be eaten in moderation. Eating too many potatoes can still put your health at risk no mater how they are prepared! Stay healthy by eating healthy!