Weight loss: No Nutrition, only taste – How fried potato chips affect your health and weight loss efforts  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: A pack of chips is irresistible, and everyone must be nodding their head right now in agreement. A pack of chips is also one of the worst things you can do to yourself when you are trying to lose weight – another nod in agreement. A weight loss diet requires you to eat oil-free, non-greasy, high-fibre food and fried potato chips are anything but that.
However, apart from just sabotaging your weight loss efforts, fried potato chips may also hamper your health in other ways. Find out how! READ – What is the slimfast diet plan? 3 best Slimfast shakes for cleansing and detox
High fat and calories
Chips are high in fat and calories and can cause an immense amount of weight gain. Frequent consumption of fried chips can also lead to obesity. A 2015 study published in Health Affairs had found that fried potato – including potato chips are one of the foods that were most strongly linked to weight gain.
Hypertension and cholesterol
Fried chips are mostly salty and high in sodium, which is not very good news for the heart. High sodium can lead to high blood pressure or what is medically known as hypertension. Hypertension, in turn, can lead to serious conditions like heart attacks, strokes, etc. Fried food can also lead to a spike in LDL – bad cholesterol which can lead to coronary heart disease. READ – How cycling can improve your heart health – Strengthens muscles, reduces blood fat levels and more benefits
Low on nutrition
Potato chips not only make you gain weight and lead to problems like hypertension, but they also have very low nutrient value. Low in vitamins and minerals, they do keep you fuller for longer and in fact, take away the nutrition you could have got if you had eaten something healthier.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.