Everyone of us loves binging on chips, but lately, people have been more cautious while choosing. They also keep a health perspective in mind while picking their packets. We are becoming more aware of how our body is a ‘lagged display’ of how well we treat it, the quality of food we put into it, and the levels of activity we indulge in. We want to invest in our meals because we are aware that we will reap the benefits over the long run. But, implementing and sustaining healthy eating habits is easier said than done. However, at times, the taste is compromised while choosing the healthy chips. With enormous options available, from fried to baked and popped chips, it becomes a task to choose the best. So, let’s evaluate and see who we should kill, marry or hook up among these.
With so many misconceptions and myths about chips floating out there, we often fail to differentiate between false information and things that actually make a difference. But we are here to make it easier for you. Let’s look at the three broad types of chips we come across on a daily basis: fried, baked and popped and see who we should kill, marry or hook up among these.
1. Fried Chips
The traditional potato chips which are popular and cherished for so long are usually deep-fried. Deep frying makes chips undeniably tasty but also notoriously unhealthy. The final oil content is anywhere between 33-35%, which means one-third of a bag of chips is just oil. The oil usually used is Palm olein oil which is infamous for posing potentially serious health risks. It goes without saying, they have high calories in the form of fats but are low in just about everything else. Certainly not the best for us, our bodies deserve better. So, this should be certainly killed from our snacking cupboard forever.
2. Baked Chips
When we read ‘baked’ on a packet of chips, we definitely associate it with being healthier than regular chips. Let’s break it down as well.
They have a fat content of 18-25% which is, in fact, lower than their fried counterparts and seem like a smarter choice. But again, the use of palm olein oil is what makes us skeptical and removes them from the cart.
Bottom line: baked chips are less unhealthy than traditional chips, but they certainly aren’t healthy.
3. Popped Chips
Besides frying and baking, ‘popping’ is another way to prepare chips where potatoes are subjected to heat and pressure until they pop to create a light, airy chip. Sounds like a definite improvement over the traditional chip. They are also significantly lower in calories, with the fat content being in the range of 12-15%, without any compromise on the taste. Some new-age companies, who know better than to use palm olein oil, have switched to much healthier rice bran oil in the preparation of popped potato chips. (ahem ahem, BRB). Commit a life long snacking association with BRB and we promise to make your snacking healthier and tastier.
Happy Snacking :)