Known as crisps in the United Kingdom, chips are fried or baked slices of potato. Ask questions about calories and popular brands here.
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How many chips can one potato produce?
It is a function of the length of the potato divided by the width of the slice minus any waste (like you don't want the ends). Real world - get the average size of your potatoes and divide by the average chip thickness then pick a multiplier like 0.95~0.97 to err on the conservative side. This would be reasonable to figure out, say, your yield per bushel.
Asked by Francesca Feil in Nutrition, Desserts, Snacks, and Treats, Chips
Can green potato chips make you sick?
Technically, yes, but you’d have to eat such a large amount of them that it’s not worth worrying about. First, let’s understand why parts of potatoes turn green. Potatoes, for the most part, are grown underground, but occasionally, a small part might be exposed to sunlight. Those exposed parts turn green as chlorophyll begins to form. Although most of these colorful outliers don’t make it onto the grocery store shelves, the occasional green potato might go overlooked, and this is why you might see a slice in one of your snack bags. In terms of safety, chlorophyll is both tasteless and nontoxic. However, as a potato turns green, conditions are right for it to synthesize a glycoalkaloid poison called solanine, which potatoes produce to defend against insects and predators. Ingesting large amounts of solanine can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, and a slew of other unpleasant symptoms—including death. The good news is that those toxic levels would equate to eating several pounds of green potatoes. Long story short, the moderate solanine formation in one or two errant potato chips is not enough to do any harm.
Why is it bad to eat potato chips?
It is not that bad to eat potato chips as long as you eat in moderation and take off the fat. Eating too much of anything, even chips, can make you fat. Potato chips are deep fried with oil and have a lot of salt on them, which is quite unhealthy. Chips have high calories from fat because of this reason.