The Dangers of Potato Chips

Health problems relating to potato chips

Melanie Villaseñor, Staff Writer

With many varieties of potato chips, come many ingredients and flavors to choose from. The delicious, but deadly fried chips tantalize your taste buds with a burst of flavor. I know what you’re thinking, they’re so bad, yet you’ll do anything to get your hands on your favorite convenient snack. Many of these chips such as Takis, Hot Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos and many others, cause multiple problems in your body that you may not be aware of, but if you continue eating them, your body will feel the toll after years of consumption.

Chips have very little nutrition and inhibit your metabolism so that you gain weight. Why? Because potato chips are loaded with salt!  You may think salt is just a little ingredient and it won’t do anything, but too much salt and your kidneys can’t filter it all out.

The truth about potato chips.

A study from Harvard School of Public Health tracked the diet and lifestyle habits of men and women for up to 20 years. Potato chip intakes were linked to a greater risk of diabetes in both men and women. Potato chips are bad choices for diabetics because they’re made with carb-heavy, starchy ingredients, which can cause blood glucose levels to shoot up–causing the diabetic to go into shock and putting them into a potential deadly condition. Potato chips contain a lot of calories in one bag–mostly carbs that make one’s body feel sluggish. The fiber content that was once in potato chips has lessened till its practically nonexistent.

Imagine your body as an expensive car. You wouldn’t want to put bad fuel into your $132,000 Maserati as it would completely destroy the car and would be now be worthless. Your body is the same and when it consumes too much trans fat, sodium, and carbs, you will slowly start feeling the effects until you’re on a hospital bed feeling useless and in pain. Treat yourself like you’re worth the money and stop eating potato chips for the sake of your future health.