Crisps are a popular food and often found in pack lunches. Many people happily consume a packet of crisps each day, oblivious to the damaging health effects they can have. The first thing to say is that apart from energy, a packet of crisps supplies no useful essential vitamins or minerals apart from sodium. In this respect, crisps supply a large amount of sodium. A healthy diet requires the sodium intake to be balanced by a larger intake of potassium. Fruit and vegetables can supply 10 to 20 times as much potassium as sodium, but most junk food, including crisps, supply almost exclusively sodium. This creates a potassium imbalance and adversely affects health. Crisps also contain large amounts of vegetable oil and this can be hydrogenated and or modified to the trans form. These fatty acids interfere with essential fatty acid pathways and this is a direct cause of disease. Crips are therefore devoid of useful essential nutrients, cause imbalanced mineral ratios, and contain anti-nutrients that facilitate disease.
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