Potato chips are harmless than often suspected

The Stiftung Warentest examined cardboard chips from various manufacturers and came to astonishing results

Chips - previously mostly fried potato slices were considered unhealthy, especially by nutrition experts, especially due to the comparatively high salt and fat content. However, a study by the Stiftung Warentest has produced completely different results: According to this, the popular snack from the bag is not as unhealthy as previously thought.

30 products under the magnifying glass of Stiftung Warentest
30 different potato chips with paprika flavor were examined, besides “standard chips” also reduced fat products and stacked chips. In addition, selected chips with salt were examined as examples.

The result: 17 out of 30 products were rated “good”, including some cheap own-label discounter brands - a bottom line rather positive result. For example, 'Rewe / ja!' Paprika chips or 'Kaufland K-Classic' paprika chips were placed in the front ranks - and also score points for the consumer thanks to the relatively low price, especially in comparison to the test winner 'Funny-Frisch' Hungarian crispy.

Large price differences for potato chips Because the price differences can be enormous, especially for potato chips: The test winner costs 96 cents per hundred grams, while the “good” discounted products are already available for 38 cents per 100 grams. According to the Stiftung-Warentest expert Janine Schlenker, the price could certainly serve as a selection criterion, but the taste was of course just as important: "Because pepper chip is not just pepper chip."

Bio-Chips do not convince in taste To be “good”, the chips not only had to taste like potatoes, be spicy and crispy, but also had to meet sensory criteria - this means that they impress both optically and with their smell and taste. Not all products made this point, however, and the three bio-chips tested also failed the sensor technology and therefore could not achieve “good”, even if they had not performed badly otherwise.

The researchers at Stiftung Warentest found palm oil in two organic products - which, according to the foundation, is not a problem in principle, but must also be declared, which was not the case with the two foods. Second point of criticism for the organic potato slices: the taste, which could not convince the experts: "The bios also didn't taste very appetizing: The‘ Light Paprika Chips ’from‘ Trafo ’, for example, tasted dull, old and bitter. ‘Alnatura Paprika Chips’ were not crispy and the ‘Original Lantchips’ were even slightly rancid. "

Soothing: No risks from harmful ingredients Even if not all of the chips tested were convincing in terms of taste, all but one potato slice scored in terms of ingredients. Because just 10 years ago there was still cause for concern, because researchers found the pollutant acrylamide in chips, which is caused by particularly high temperatures and is considered to be a cause of cancer. However, according to the current results, this risk now seems to be averted - according to Janine Schlenker, the topic plays practically no role today, because "only one product still exceeds the European benchmark, all others are far below."

However, 'Pringles Paprika' was still conspicuous with regard to possible pollutants - because in this test 3-mono-chloropropanediol, in short: 3-MCPD, was detected in the test, which according to Janine Schlenker may only be present in large quantities can be classified as hazardous to health: “You can take in a certain amount here, but if you consume an entire pack of 'Pringles' you can easily get above this value. 3-MCPD is one of the pollutants that may be carcinogenic. "

Germany when eating chips in the European midfield Keyword quantity: In terms of per capita consumption, Germany is in the middle of the field in Europe - every German eats around one kilo of chips per year on average. And even if the current results of the Stiftung Warentest were able to polish up the image of the potato slices again, unfortunately they will not be lower in calories, says Janine Schlenker, since the nutritional information on the packaging, which appears to be “harmless”, could not hide the fact.

Despite positive test results: chips remain calorie bombs Because most products are given a standard portion of 30g - which, however, according to the expert, only corresponds to a filled hand and therefore may not be enough for a realistic assessment, because "potato chips contain an average of around 30 percent fat. Accordingly: No matter which variety you choose, they are simply high in calories. "

This would not change fundamentally even with so-called "light products", in which part of the frying fat is sucked off by steam in the production process: "Reduced-fat chips contain a third less fat. But don't be fooled - you don't save a third of your calories, you only save around ten percent. "

The comparison is worthwhile. Nevertheless, according to the foundation, a comparison of the nutritional information on the packaging can be worthwhile, especially with fat, since the fat content of the products varies greatly in some cases: the test showed that the test winner was 'Funny-Fresh Chips Fresh' Hungarian 'had the highest fat percentage of all chips tested at 37%, but only 26% fat was contained in the' Lays Sensation Red Sweet Paprika ', which was also awarded' good '.

In order not to end up falling into the "fat trap chips", Stiftung Warentest therefore recommends deliberate and moderate enjoyment of the nibble - then this would not be noticeable on the scales either. The experts also have a gourmet tip at hand: "Incidentally, potato chips taste like fresh off the conveyor belt if they are briefly heated in the microwave." (Sb)

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