We’re all susceptible to it – reaching for those salty chips, or gobbling some sugary candies. While our brains might tell us this is a good idea at the time, the rest of our body definitely doesn’t! Salty snacks can raise blood pressure and eating sugary snacks can cause a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.
What’s more is that these types of snacks just further perpetuate more cravings fuelling a never-ending cycle. That’s because after we’re done snacking, the body releases a hormone that regulates glucose in the blood to keep blood sugar down, leading to us wanting more sugar to rebound. It’s hard to eliminate snacking altogether, so instead consider these healthier alternatives instead…
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Potato Chips vs. Kale Chips
It’s hard to compete with potato chips. They are a staple in American homes, and they come in a huge variety of flavors from dill to barbecue. They’re delicious, crunchy, and… Oh, sorry, getting a bit carried away. The negative side is that potato chips have more than 1,400-mg of sodium per 100-gram serving, according to TheBohemianKitchen.net. That’s approaching the daily limit of 2,300-mg outlined by the FDA.
The source illustrates in a graph that potato chips win for iron and even fiber content, but kale chips are king when it comes to calcium, vitamin C, and especially vitamin A content. Kale chips are also lower in carbs, sugar, and fats. While the source admits it still prefers potato chips (because the kale version is bitter), there are ways to spruce up the flavor of kale chips with some seasoning.