Without a shadow of a doubt, potato chips are a junk food.
No matter what the bag says, what the manufacturer says…
What some guy at your workplace says, what some lady at the grocery store says…
OR what A-N-Y-O-N-E says… Potato chips are JUNK FOOD. 100% junk food.
And trust me…
I have loved potato chips in my life. I've eaten the supposedly healthy potato chips, and all I ever want to do is eat more potato chips.
If you want to build a bigger gut and bigger butt, then have some potato chips. If you want to feel like trash, have some potato chips.
There is no such thing as healthy potato chips that have been manufactured at some food manufacturing plant.
DANGER: Watch out for Healthy Snack Claims!!!
Whenever healthy foods like potatoes are sent to a manufacturing plant from some BIG commercial farm, the output is NEVER going to be healthy.
It doesn't matter what the slick marketers put on the potato chip bag.
They can change ingredients and delete dangerous ingredients all they want. The result will NEVER be healthy.
Some companies are making potato chips much healthier than they were in the past BUT they still are NOT healthy.
Some food manufacturers have gotten rid of bad substances and replaced them with healthier ingredients BUT it doesn't matter.
Potato Chips are a Processed Food
When potato chips are made (even the so-called “healthy” chips), a substance called acrylamide is formed.
Acrylamide is an invisible byproduct of cooking the potato chips at high temperatures. You can't taste the acrylamide either.
Potato chips, french fries, pastries, coffee(take note!), pastries, biscuits, and other unhealthy processed foods provide the poison acrylamide to your body.
The international agency for cancer research tells us that acrylamide is a possible carcinogen. Studies have linked it to nerve damage and neurological issues with workers who handle the substance in these food manufacturing plants.
Isn't that ridiculous???
The food manufacturers just keep it coming, though. Nothing will stop them until they are rich and everyone else has cancer. I'm sick of companies that play these games.
They aren't just risking their employees health which is already bad enough… they are FEEDING this product to the public.
They will tell you that you have a choice. That you don't have to eat these foods. And they are correct. You don't have to eat their potato chips any more. You don't need them.
Yet, they still market their potato chips as healthy and do their best to get you to eat their poison.
They sure do taste good, though. And that's all that many people care about. They don't care if it's killing them. They just want it to taste good. And those people are who keep the potato chip companies in business.
Many of those people don't learn until it's too late. And sometimes then, those people don't learn because no one knows what caused their cancer or health issues. You can't pinpoint it to just the potato chips.
The State of California Sued Potato Chip Manufacturers in 2005
It took 3 years for the state of California and food manufacturers to reach a settlement over acrylamide in potato chips.
The food manufacturers agreed to reduce the level of acrylamide in their potato chips. Notice that I said reduce and NOT eliminate. They just simply needed to get the content of acrylamide under the cancer label warning requirement.
Different batches of chips can have a varying level of acrylamide depending on the exact temperatures and other parameters used when manufacturing the potato chips.
So it's very tough for them to control the levels anyway…
You NEVER know what you're getting.
Do you know how they are attempting to lower the levels of acrylamide? By using another dangerous method called irradiation.
I'm sorry, but when you have to use some process called irradiation in an attempt to get rid of a carcinogen called acrylamide from a manufactured food… you should just STOP making the food. And you definitely shouldn't sell it to the public so you can kill people slowly over time.
Baked potato chips have proven to contain even more acrylamide so don't even think baked chips are healthier? Nope.
Kettle cooked potato chips? Nope. They contain a large amount of acrylamide too.
You Don't Need a Huge Amount of Potatoes Anyway
Potatoes are one of the healthy foods you'll find here at Weight Lifting Complete.
You can read more about why potatoes are healthy here: Truth About Potatoes.
If you've been reading much here at WLC, you'll know that I highly recommend a HUGE variety of foods. I recommend this so you can reap all the benefits of many different foods.
This means you don't need a HUGE amount of potatoes all the time.
You might have them once a week or once every couple of weeks with a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There is absolutely NO ROOM for potato chips in your diet plan when using the WLC System.
Your goal is to flood your body with nutrients and only foods that add nutrients to your body.
Potato chips do contain some nutrients BUT they also contain ingredients that cost you nutrients. When you consume acrylamide, your body will use its resources in an attempt to get rid of the dangerous substances.
Guess Who This Letter is From?
The following letter was written to the editor of the New York Times. I believe you'll enjoy this letter written in 1982 and show you the attitude of the food manufacturing companies:
To the Editor:
In your Jan. 6 Topics item “Taste Test” you suggest that potato chips are America's prototypical “junk food” and state that chips are “too thin to offer much nourishment” and that their main purpose is to “deliver a heavy and unhealthy dose of salt.” We think it important to clarify some information for your readers.
There are indeed junk diets, but the term “junk food” is misleading. Every food has some nutritional value. To say potato chips have no nutritional value is simply false. Most packages of chips carry a nutrition label which states that the average serving (1 oz.) offers a variety of nutrients, including 10 percent of the U.S. R.D.A. of vitamin C and vitamin B6.
The amount of salt (sodium) in an ounce of potato chips – about 260 milligrams – is less than you would find in a serving of two one ounce slices of enriched bread or an ounce of pasteurized processed American cheese. Chips taste “salty” because the salt is on the surface, not because it is in great quantity. The quick-cooking process used in converting potatoes into chips actually helps retain the natural nutrients found in potatoes, which include protein, thiamine, niacin, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and copper as well as vitamins C and B6.
Salt-free chips are not new to the industry – close to 40 percent of all producers now offer a salt-free product. However, salted potato chips remain vastly more popular. The industry is sensitive to the needs and demands of consumers but can only sell what the consumer will buy.
We are not suggesting that potato chips are a “basic food.” They can, however, be considered an auxiliary food that carries basic-food nutritional value. We do suggest that potato chips, eaten in moderation, can be part of a sensible diet for most Americans. LAWRENCE E. BURCH Executive Vice President Potato Chip/Snack Food Association Arlington, Va., Jan. 14, 1982
Do you know how many people read that article and started eating more potato chips? Lots and lots.
The Executive Vice President did his job and sold more of his dangerous potato chips.
Let's put a stop to dangerous foods by eliminating them from your diet. You don't need potato chips… ever.
Potato chips are one of the BIGGEST junk foods in existence.