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.
Now let's be clear -- we are not advocating for the practice of polishing of an entire Costco-sized bag of chips while you lounge on the couch all day. Potato chips should not be among your dietary staples -- we're simply saying that, as satisfying genuine indulgences go, you could do a lot worse than a reasonably sized portion of potato chips. Enjoy them in moderation (yes, it's possible!), as part of a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins... because you already knew anything fried shouldn’t count as a dietary staple, right? Right?