Potato Chips (Salted)

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EThe crispy, crunchy de­li­cious­ness of potato chips makes them a dif­fi­cult-to-re­sist temp­ta­tion, how­ever health-con­scious one may be. Po­si­tioned as a ‘cool’ munch by mar­keters/ad­ver­tis­ers, it is per­haps the most vis­i­ble in­stant snack to­day. Not sur­pris­ing, too, con­sid­er­ing it comes in all sizes and a range of af­ford­able prices. Of course, it is no health food and there is grow­ing con­cern about the salt part of th­ese munchies. En­tirely elim­i­nat­ing it from one’s diet or only re­duc­ing the con­sump­tion of it is a mat­ter of choice. Among other things, the fol­low­ing re­port as­cer­tains the salt per­cent­age of five popular brands of potato chips. at­ing potato chips oc­ca­sion­ally is un­likely to neg­a­tively im­pact one’s over­all health, but con­sum­ing it reg­u­larly will trans­late into con­sum­ing too many un­healthy in­gre­di­ents and not enough vi­ta­mins and min­er­als. While pota­toes them­selves con­tain potas­sium and vi­ta­min C, fry­ing them in un­healthy oils can strip th­ese nu­tri­ents away. Know­ing the neg­a­tive im­pact that potato chips can have may per­suade one to fre­quently opt for a nu­tri­tious snack.

There is no spec­i­fi­ca­tion for potato chips in the Food Safety and Stan­dards (Food Prod­ucts Stan­dards and Food Ad­di­tives) Reg­u­la­tions, 2011, leav­ing th­ese in the cat­e­gory of ‘pro­pri­etary food’. As per Sec­tion 22 (4) of the Food Safety and Stan­dards Act, 2006, pro­pri­etary or novel food means an ar­ti­cle of food for which stan­dards have not been spec­i­fied but is not un­safe. As per Reg­u­la­tion 2.12.1 of the Act, pro­pri­etary food means food that has not been stan­dard­ized un­der the reg­u­la­tions.

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