Ok, Dr. Mercola featured an article called “The Shocking Truth About Pringles Potato Chips”. It was a great article to read and also a little terrifying with what our food processors can get away with. If you think you are safe buying any foods from the shelf of a grocery shop, you need to think again. I believe we all need to take responsibility for the foods we choose! Nobody is going to care about your health more than you can, choose wisely and choose using an educated mind.
Here is what i09 says about Pringles:
The chips move forward on a conveyor belt until they’re pressed onto molds, which give them the curve that makes them fit into one another.
Those molds move through boiling oil … Then they’re blown dry, sprayed with powdered flavors, and at last, flipped onto a slower-moving conveyor belt in a way that allows them to stack.
From then on, it’s into the cans … and off towards the innocent mouths of the consumers.
Eek, really? Yes!
Fried foods produce something called Acrylamide. It’s a by-product of production and is extremely damaging to our bodies. Acrylamide is produced from starchy foods when they are heated very high and get crispy/ crunchy or blackened. That means that many of the processed foods that are on the shelves contain this Acrylamide, and it is now shown in VERY high amounts. The main culprits are potatoes and grains. Examplea are chips, french fries, cereals, doughnuts, processed snacks with grains. Homemade foods (unless very burnt) are going to be fine. Not saying that can’t be any acrylamide in any home baked foods, but if there are any produced, it’s going to be a very small amount. Nothing compared to the amount produced in a factory with processed foods! They have shown some chips contain 500x the safe limit of Acrylamide.
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Soybean and Cottonseed Oil (Hydrogenated!!)
- Corn Syrup
- Full of Artificial Colors!
- Artificial Flavors
- Potato Flakes
What are some healthy alternatives:
- There are some healthier chips that are now on the market. The best chips are Jackson’s Sweet Potato Chips. They are made with coconut oil, sweet potatoes and salt. Perfect if you want or need a good crunch.
- Healthy on-the-go snacks: raw veggies with hummus, raw cheese, Kombucha, nuts and seeds can all make for easy and cost effective snacks. A big bag of raw or dry roasted cashwes (per serving) will cost the same as a bag of chips anyways.
- Have a freezer full of healthy treats and snacks! Here are some ideas: Coconut Chips, Cowboy Cookies, Grain-Free Granola, Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Cups, Nut and Seed Bars. Enough options?
Healthy snacks are a little harder to think about and plan out, but once you’ve got it down, it becomes second nature!