What do you think, are potato chips healthy or harmful for your health? IF you ask Americans this question you’ll probably get the same answer from all of them, yes they are healthy and we eat them all the time. However, just because they come from a potato, that doesn’t make them healthy. In the preparation process they undergo thermal processing, get drowned in trans-fats and packed with calories, additives, and preservatives, making them one of the unhealthiest snacks on the market.
Potato chips and other processed, junk food contains harmful ingredients which may serious health issues, among which they can lead to obesity, excess weight, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. This is all due to the fact that people get mislead by thinking potato chips are healthy because potatoes are healthy, which is entirely wrong.
Potatoes are healthy, rich in a number of healthy nutrients, vitamins and so on and if consumed slightly baked or boiled can improve your immune system, boost eye health and lower blood pressure. However, once you drown them in oil, deep fry them, add sodium and who knows which other ingredients they not only lose their benefits, but become dangerous as well.
It’s no surprise that potato chips have become the number one cause of obesity in America, everyone eats them thinking they’re healthy and nutritious while they are a major source of trans fats. In addition to causing obesity, trans-fat rich diet increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and clogs the arteries.
Numerous warnings have been filed against large and popular chip brands like Kettle Chips, Lay’s, and Pringles by the Environmental Law Foundation in California demanding a mandatory label on their products warning about the great amounts of acrylamide inside. Acrylamide is a harmful cancer-causing chemical, which is created in the process of baking or frying of starchy foods at high temperatures.
If you want to stay healthy you need to eliminate potato chips from your diet entirely. They have no nutritional value and are just empty calories. If you need a substitute snack you should try the following chickpeas recipe – it’s healthy, yummy and easy to make. Chickpeas are rich in proteins, zinc, folate, iron and fibers which make them an excellent addition to your regular diet.
Unlike the potato chips which can only give you diabetes, this delicious recipe will give you the needed fiber and lower your blood sugar levels. Moreover, the zinc and iron will maintain the bone structure and strengthen your body.
According to a number of scientific studies chickpeas have the following health benefits:
- Boost collagen production
- Prevent inflammation
- Lower high blood pressure
- Stimulate digestion
- Decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Inhibits the formation of cancer cells
Another beneficial ingredient in this recipe is sea salt, which will add flavor and provide you with high amounts of minerals, like magnesium, calcium and potassium. They are responsible for the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of sea salt. It can also improve your circulation and eliminate the toxic waste in your body.
Coconut Curry Chickpeas – Recipe
You can make this delicious snack in less than 5 minutes and you’ll just need to bake it for 30 minutes and you’ll be done. The amounts we have listed here can serve up to 3 people, if you need more than increase the amounts accordingly.
- 2 cans low-sodium, organic chickpeas
- 2 tbsp. curry powder
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil (melted)
- Sea salt
Preheat the oven to 400oF and start preparing the chickpeas. Rinse them with some water and dry them off. Tale a large bowl and mix the curry and coconut oil until they’re combined. Add the dried chickpeas and mix them around a bit until you see they’re all covered in the mixture. Take a large baking pan and line it with baking paper. Place the spicy chickpeas on the paper and sprinkle some sea salt on top (per taste). Put the pan in the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes, until they’re light brown and crispy. Take them out and enjoy your delicious, healthy snack. Eat them within 2 days!