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Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« on: 06/10/2012 10:30:01 »
David Michaels  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi Naked Scientists,

I have listened to pretty much all your podcasts, and have built up a lot of dumb questions, and knowing the only dumb question is the one not asked, I have loaded up.  (I apologize if any of these have been covered, or if I should have figured them out .)

Which types of crisps are better for you to eat, wheat, corn or potato (assuming they are prepared the same way, same type and quantity of grease, etc)

Great show, I wouldn't change a thing (except for having really naked scientists).

Regards,
Dave

What do you think?
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Re: Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/2012 15:56:04 »
Things aren't inherently good for you or bad for you, it's how much you eat, and what else you eat.

But you can substitute different types of crisps and nearly always improve nutrition.

Something like sweet potato crisps would be better choices in most cases; they're similar nutritionally to normal crips, but have vitamin A in them. Technically sweet potatoes aren't potatoes though, so I guess I'm cheating.
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Re: Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« Reply #2 on: 06/10/2012 16:36:40 »
I have found that you can slice zucchini, add spices, and dry them without oil, and they will taste quite good, and are presumably better for you than potato chips. 

We have some corn chips that are advertised as a healthy alternative, but I'd agree with wolfekeeper that all in moderation.

 

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Re: Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« Reply #3 on: 06/10/2012 18:53:39 »
"Which types of crisps are healthiest? "
Probably the ones you don't eat.
 

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Re: Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« Reply #4 on: 07/10/2012 12:52:48 »
For healthy crisps:
  • Minimise saturated fats & oil-derived calories (avoid trans-fats)
  • Eliminate salt - most Westerners get far too much of it from snack foods (a cause of hypertension and risk factor for heart disease)
  • Avoid empty calories (eg carbohydrates with little other nutrients)
  • Watch your total calories
That probably eliminates most types of crisps.

So the healthiest crisps are probably the ones in the smallest package...
« Last Edit: 10/10/2012 21:25:55 by evan_au »
 

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Re: Which types of crisps are healthiest?
« Reply #5 on: 14/10/2012 04:51:18 »
Some advice from someone in the industry: Rice-based products are probably healthier than potato-based products, because they typically use a lot less fats.

Dr Karl's take on how these foods are designed to be addictive (about 5 minutes): http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/10/09/3604793.htm?WT.mc_id=science_podcast_gmis
 

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