Many people fell for the -Baked Lays are a healthy alternative to Fried chips- marketing when Baked were first released. However, these “healthy” snacks might in fact have slightly less calories, salt, and fat, but not enough to make a difference. These “healthy” treats are primarily made of chemicals and salt, not much of the nutrition you were expecting.
Let’s take a minute to look at Fried chips components: Potatoes, Sunflower and/or Canola oil and salt. These oils are extremely poisonous when used at a heat, like what is required to fry these potatoes. When frying these chips at the heat, the starch in the potatoes undergoes the high heat and forms the carcinogen, acrylamide. It doesn’t matter if the oil is made to withstand high heat either.
On to Baked chips
The potatoes aren’t even fresh! They are dried, and there is no information given on how this procedure was finished. It is likely that the potatoes were dried at a really high heat, which would subject the potatoes to acrylamide. When the chips have been dried, then they are baked at a low temperature. The FDA shows, Baked chips have three times the level of the carcinogen acrylamide than the fried version. Since the Baked Lays are not organic (and neither are the Fried alternative), components like: Potatoes, corn starch, corn oil, sugar (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and soy lecithin are probably from a GMO (genetically customized) source.
- Mice fed with potatoes engineered with Bacillus thuringiensis var. Kurstaki Cry 1 were found to have this toxic substance in their system.
- Corn has been modified to create its own Insecticide. Monsanto has revealed half of US sweet corn has actually been planted with GMO seeds. Mice fed with GMO corn have smaller sized babies and have fertility issues.
- Sugar and corn sugar (high fructose corn syrup). Rats fed HFCS gained 300% more fat than those being fed (even a little more amounts of) regular sugar or sugar from fruit. It likewise fattens your heart with bad cholesterol, causing plaque build up, leading to hypertension, heart disease as well as stroke. Liver, gallbladder and kidneys process HFCS. It is extremely destructive to the liver and can trigger fatty liver. Scarring of the liver reduces its ability to process out toxic substances that will make you sick. HFCS is also high in Mercury levels. Exposure (in young, growing children particularly) can result in irreversible brain and nervous system damage.
- Soy has been modified to resist herbicides. Soy products include soy flour, tofu, soy drinks, soybean oil, soy lecithin and other products including pastries, baked products and edible oils. Hamsters fed with GMO soy, were unable to have offspring and suffered a high death rate.
The debate of Fried vs Baked isn’t unhealthy vs healthy. It’s more like, these toxins vs those toxic substances. Knowing how the starch in potatoes is exposed to carcinogens at high heat, you need to take apple chips or carrot sticks in place of these dangerous, toxic chips.