Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14, National Potato Chip Day

Potato chips are a major part of the snack food market. The global potato chip market generated total revenues of US $16.4 billion in 2005. This accounted for 35.5% of the total snacks market in that year (US $46.1 billion).  

How Potato Chips are Made

Potato chips were originally fried and seasoned. After the release of the Dietary Reference Intake guidelines in the US, Canada, and various countries concern regarding the amount of trans fats, sodium, and sugar became a major issue. The consumers, advocacy groups, and health associations focused on the nutritional value of junk foods, including potato chips. 

A recent study determined excessive consumption of potato chip may cause obesity,
which can produce a rise in blood pressure. 

Some potato chip companies have responded to the criticism by investing in research and development to modify existing recipes and create health-conscious products. 

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