It’s hard to find a human being who can resist the salty and crunchy allure of a potato chip. But if you find yourself hovering over the snack table at a party, scratching your arms, willing to sell your bedsheets if it means another taste, it’s time to face facts: you’re addicted to potato chips.
Like most addictions, this one won’t do your body any favors. Potato chips have lots of fat, plus the sodium level is pretty high... and by “pretty high” we mean “Redman high.” You’ll find 170-185mg of sodium in an ounce of chips, more if go for a fun flavor like biscuits and gravy. And who’s ever eaten a single, dainty ounce of potato chips?
Now, giving up chips cold turkey constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in the United States, so we’ve come up with a few ways to help you ease out of the habit.
1. Acknowledge your addiction
According to Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, and co-author of The Calendar Diet: A Month-by-Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life, we’re conditioned from the time we’re babies to love salt. “Potato chips provide an alluring combo of salt, fat and easily digested carbs, nutrients many of us naturally crave,” she says. This habit can wreak havoc on your health as you experience low blood sugar after a quick burst of energy. It’s not your fault, son. It’s not your fault.