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Know your chips. Which ones are the healthiest?

Know your chips. Which ones are the healthiest?

Nothing beats a plate of chips. Satisfying our cravings for crispy, savoury carbs, they also have a 'naughty' image. There are plenty of options to buy or make. But can they ever be healthy?

Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. So eating more potatoes in general should (in theory!) be healthy. So why are some better than others? It's all in the preparation!  

Traditional chips

Popping down the chippy on a Friday night is a treat. But all that grease smothered in crispy batter can't be good for us, surely? True. However, chunky chip shop chips absorb less oil than skinny French fries so they're actually a healthier option. Just go easy on the salt. Cut calories by sharing your portion. And do an extra Hussle the next day!

French fries

Fried food is tasty. But researchers found that eating deep-fried potatoes actually increases our death risk. One study suggested that eating French fries or hash browns twice a week increased mortality risk by a whopping twofold. That's definitely something to make you question your next drive-through to MacDonalds!

Homemade chips

Provided you cut large, chunky chips, homemade chips don't have to be guilt-laden.  They absorb less oil than their skinny counterparts. In fact, one dessertspoon of oil is sufficient for a kilo of potatoes. Use room temperature potatoes - cold ones take longer to cook so absorb more oil.

Vegetable chips

Beetroot, sweet potato, carrot and parsnip - all these can be turned into homemade chips.  They sound healthy, and do have limited nutrients.  Keep the peel on - this contains lots of the vitamin C, and fibre. Make them into large wedges with limited oil and they're one of the healthiest chips you could eat. Our verdict? Eat up - these are delicious meets healthy!

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the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.