Chips: Read all about it!

Chips: Read all about it!

The idea behind FalseFood is to educate us all on what really is in your food and how to make the best choices. It’s not about banning foods, just minimising the processing and making it as fresh and local as possible. We all want a quick meal and these better options are usually no more time consuming that the processed version.

Potatoes offer a good source of energy, antioxidants, potassium, fibre and many other vitamins such as iron and folate. There are many diets advocating low carbohydrate, high protein intakes which have little or no scientific backing. Potatoes are good for all of us, vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike, that’s a fact.

How we source, prepare and cook our potatoes can change how good these little wonders really are for us.

Oven chips are in many household freezers, and while we may feel this is a completely normal food, it really is just a humble potato thats been altered to make it more tasty than a regular potato. The underlying reason packets of chips exist is to make money from it’s sales, and companies can’t do this to same degree with potatoes alone.

Ingredients in frozen chips: 

Potatoes, Sunflower Oil, Batter (WHEAT Flour (with Calcium, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Modified Starch (Maize, Tapioca), Rice Flour, Salt, Corn Starch, Natural Colours (Turmeric Extract, Paprika Extract)).

Ingredients in homecut chips:

Potato 100%.

If you take away the salt, wheat, colouring and oil from your processed chip, you are left with a potato. A basic supermarket UK potato costs 40-50p per kilo. Organic UK potatoes from a local farm cost £1.00-£1.50 per kilo.

Looking at a range of supermarket frozen chips they cost:

McCain £1.67-2.15 per kilo

Aunt Bessies Homestyle chips £2.20 per kilo

Supermarket own brand £1.12 per kilo

McCain curly fries £3.67 per kilo (7 times more expensive than a basic potato)

“Fries to go” microwave boxed chips £7.41 per kilo (thats more than 14 times more expensive than a basic potato!)

The difference in nutrition between the frozen factory made chips above and a potato which is cut in your kitchen is below:

100g of Regular Potato baked without oil or salt:

Energy 90Kcal

Fat 0.1g

Protein 2.5g

Sodium 10mg

Carbohydrate 21g

100g of supermarket brand frozen home style oven chips:

Energy 163Kcal

Fat 4.4g

Protein 2.5g

Sodium 33mg

Carbohydrate 26g

Taking into account the price and nutritional differences, cutting you potatoes roughly into chip shapes is significantly healthier for you and your purse, than buying chips. Timewise, yes it will take about 3-5 minutes more to cut chips rather than to open your freezer and empty a plastic packet onto a tray, but we will probably all agree that’s 5 minutes well spent. You can even get your family to help and enjoy making your own chips. Cook your chips (skin on) at 180 degrees for 35 minutes for delicious results!

If you’re looking for extra flavour add some chilli flakes, cracked pepper or just make a delicious fresh tomato salsa dip to go with it.

Spread the word; buy local, buy cheaper, live healthier. Power to the potato!


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