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What’s Really In Potato Chips?

How to Avoid Heat-Induced Toxins in Your Diet

Ideally, you should consume foods that are raw or minimally processed to avoid these types of toxic byproducts—the more raw food, the better. My nutrition plan emphasizes the need for at least one-third of your foods to be consumed raw. Personally, I consume about 80 percent of my food raw, and I find it is one of the most important factors that help keep me healthy.

It may take you awhile to switch over to a less processed diet, but throwing out the most obvious culprits would be a great start.

These would include:

  • French fries and potato chips
  • All sodas (both regular and diet, as artificial sweeteners may be more problematic than fructose)
  • Doughnuts

Healthy Eating Made Easy

Aside from creating potentially toxic byproducts, cooking and processing also depletes the food of valuable micronutrients, which is another reason for eating as much raw food as possible. This includes protein sources such as eggs. Raw whole eggs from organic, pastured chickens are an incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many are deficient in. Raw milk is another good example of a food that is beneficial in its raw state but becomes harmful after it is pasteurized.

By opting for foods that will benefit your health, such as raw, preferably organic and/or locally-grown vegetables, organic grass-fed meats, healthy oils, raw dairy, nuts and seeds, you can change your health for the better. These are the foods that are truly natural, and quite easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.

For a step-by-step guide to make the transition to a healthier diet as simple and smooth as possible, simply follow the advice in my optimized nutrition plan.

Remember, eating fresh whole foods is the “secret” to getting healthier, losing weight and really enjoying your food. It’s unfortunate that so many are under the mistaken belief that it’s “next to impossible” to create a meal without processed foods. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough tackle this issue head-on in their book Real Food Has Curves, which is a great starting point to “relearn” the basics of how to enjoy and prepare real food.

Once you get used to it, you’ll find you can whip up a healthful meal from scratch in the same amount of time it would have taken you to drive down the street to pick up fast food. The main difference will be greater satisfaction, both physically and mentally, and perhaps even financially, as processed foods typically end up being more expensive than cooking from scratch.

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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6:11AM PST on Feb 12, 2014

very good article,thank you

2:22PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

too many pages to read, yes chips are bad, but there's more to life than quantity.....there has to be a balance and if someone wants to include a respectable amount of potato chips for quality I won't lecture them.........now if they are way overweight, diabetic, hyperlipidemic, atherosclerotic I will discuss with them better choices.....

3:07AM PDT on May 31, 2012

"I am an ignorant potato chip eater and refuse to pay attention to this article."

This. Also, I don't eat Pringles anymore, only chips made of actual potatoes.

7:02AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Is this just for the pringles types? or our regular, tasty type?

12:20PM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thanks.

11:58PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Interesting artilce!

9:44AM PST on Dec 28, 2011

Hmm. Isn't basically everything bad for you? I'll try to cut back on potato chips and French fries, but that's mainly because I want to eat healthier.

6:18AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Basically, anything cooked contains carcinogens, as do a number of raw foods, such as peanuts with aflatoxin. You CANNOT live on our planet and not be exposed to carcinogens.

1:40AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I am an ignorant potato chip eater and refuse to pay attention to this article.

9:51AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

hmmmm, think i have to stop eating these "potato chips"

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