Although they’re some of the most popular chips in the world, Pringles are also a serious health threat, according to new findings.
The thing is these chips are not made only of potatoes, but are a blend of potato flakes, corn, and wheat, enhanced with numerous additives. Some of these additives are known carcinogens and toxins.
The production process includes blending the ingredients into dough then pressing them with molds to form the cut-potato shape. The dough is then fried in boiling oil followed by blow-drying. In the end, the fried chips are powdered with flavors and packed into cans.
According to research, the most harmful ingredient these chips contain is actually a by-product, known as Acrylamide. Acrylamide is an extremely dangerous carcinogen, which has been proved to cause cancer in lab animals.
But, this potent carcinogen is not only a health threat to animals as some doses are also toxic to the human nervous system as well. What’s red alert in the case of Pringles is the fact that these chips contain much higher amounts of Acrylamide than allowed.
This powerful toxin is formed during the process of food preparation at high temperatures. It’s a by-product of frying, roasting or baking when the food cooked at high heat creates yellow/brown crust on the surface.
In other words, all foods cooked at temperatures higher than 100˚C possibly contain this toxin.
However, potato chips are particularly dangerous as they are loaded with Acrylamide. In 2005, the state of California sued potato chips manufacturers for not warning consumers about the dangerous ingredients potato chips contain and the possible health risks they incur.