How do they stack up against candy?
Potato chips own candy, duh! Let’s look at Skittles or Starburst. Unlike potato chips, they have no dietary fiber, protein, or potassium. What do they have? Sugar and corn syrup, and lots of it. A cup of Skittles has 76g -- or 15 teaspoons (!) of sugar. These candies basically have no nutritional value, according to dietitian Molly Kimball. “Almost always, the traditional versions of fruity candy have sugar, corn syrup, and artificial colors and food dyes,” Kimball says. “All the stuff we don’t want is in Skittles, Starburst, and stuff.”
What about that acrylamide thing?
A few years back, researchers noticed French fries and potato chips contained a substance called acrylamide, a carcinogen. But it turns out that’s probably not a big deal, as no link between dietary acrylamide and cancer has been established, and acrylamide is present in many other foods. So, enjoy potato chips in moderation, as part of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables,whole grains, and lean proteins... but you already knew anything fried shouldn’t count as a dietary staple, right? Right?
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Missy Wilkinson feels vindicated because her junk food of choice is Zapp’s potato chips. Follow her on Twitter at @missy_wilkinson and Instagram at @nowlistenmissy.