Potato chips were originally fried and seasoned without concern for trans fats, sodium, sugar, or other nutrient levels. Following the creation of Dietary Reference Intake guidelines in the US and Canada and similar guidelines in various countries, and the advent of nutrition facts labels, consumers, advocacy groups, and health organizations have focused on the nutritional value of junk foods, including potato chips.
A recent long term study determined that potato chip consumption was the greatest contributor to weight gain, having a stronger impact on weight gain than consumption of potatoes and soft drinks. The starch in potato chips is known to cause tooth decay.
Some potato chip companies have responded to the criticism by investing in research and development to modify existing recipes and create health-conscious products. Kettle Foods was founded in 1978 and currently sells only trans fat-free products, including potato chips. PepsiCo research shows that approximately 80% of salt on chips is not sensed by the tongue before being swallowed. Frito-Lay spent $414 million in 2009 on product development, including development of salt crystals that would reduce the salt content of Lay's potato chips without adversely affecting flavor.
A big concern about the nutrition of potato chips is that because they are often made with salt, they may contain substantial levels of sodium. The excessive consumption of potato chips may cause obesity, which can produce a rise in blood pressure. Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London pointed out that "a bag of ready-salted crisps" contains less salt than a serving of "Special K, All-Bran, Golden Grahams, Cheerios, Shreddies and every brand of cornflakes on sale in the UK."
Read more about this topic: Potato Chips
Other articles related to "health concerns, concern, health":
... Some horses with the splashed white pattern have been shown to have congenital deafness, though many or most have normal hearing ... This type of deafness is probably similar to instances of deafness in white or piebald, blue-eyed examples in other species ...
... Morris in that Vitamin C and antioxidant levels may still decline, a concern also shared by others in the industry ... are neither absolute certitude nor extensive studies about the health risk of using this product which is destined for a mass distribution scale ...
... See also Health concerns associated with red meat A 1999 metastudy combined data from five studies from western countries ... In recent years, health concerns have been raised about the consumption of meat increasing the risk of cancer ... exception of some tropical plant fats consumption of which has been correlated with various health problems ...
... for emotional support she was concerned about his faltering health and his addiction to drugs ... His health had deteriorated to the extent that he canceled the remainder of his tour and flew with Taylor and her husband to London ...
... In 1948, Dr Eric Saint, a Government Medical Officer, wrote to the head of the Health Department of Western Australia ... Dr Jim McNulty, who was working for the Health Department of WA, provided a first hand account of the work conditions he observed when he visited Wittenoom to do a clinical ... Dr McNulty and the Health Department did not have the power to order CSR to close down the mine ...
Famous quotes containing the words concerns and/or health:
“From a childs play, we can gain understanding of how he sees and construes the worldwhat he would like it to be, what his concerns are, what problems are besetting him.”
—Bruno Bettelheim (20th century)
“A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.”
—Sydney Smith (17711845)