Where are the crisps of the past?
Ever thinner and more tasty, potato crisps now also hide 30-40% fat. And they can contain more calories than chocolate. From a simple slice of potato, they’ve turned into junk food.
How many bags are still filled with crisps the way they used to make them?
If you’re interested in the story of the invention of potato crisps – thinly sliced fried potatoes, as opposed to thicker cut chips – it was told a little while ago in an article on Wired.it.
Consumption of foods containing excessive quantities of fats and salt is the source of the obesity problem, now a genuine epidemic in developed countries. Even in Italy, the protective effect of the “Mediterranean diet” has been in crisis for some time due to culinary habits that are a long way away from this diet. This is explained well on the epidemiological data portal Epicentro, provided by the Italian Board of Health.
However, it is important not to simplistically identify manufactured foods like crisps with junk food (food with little nutritional value but large amounts of fats and sugars). On one hand, food prepared at home can be just as damaging to your health, and on the other, manufactured food – including crisps – can have a good nutritional balance. It all depends on the choices made by manufacturers and consumers.