Potato chips contain dangerous ingredients that may cause numerous severe health conditions, such as cancer, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Their popularity has grown due to the belief that they are completely safe and free of harmful compounds.
People consumed potato as a snack regularly, while watching films, during the break at work, while driving, and children ate them at school. Apparently, the word “potato” in the name of this snack can be quite deceiving as we all know that potatoes are healthy and abundant in nutrients.
Namely, potatoes are rich in vitamin B6, which strengthens the immune system, and promotes eye health. They also reduce lower high blood pressure. Yet, once potatoes are processed, fried or baked, and thus mixed with high amounts of sodium, they lose their qualities completely.
Thus, potato chips became the major cause of obesity in America. They get drowned in trans fats during their production, and get packed with calories, which raise the chance of getting excess weight.
Also, a diet high in trans- fat raises the risk of cardiovascular disease and clogs the arteries. Potato chips are also abundant in sugar and salt, which provide the taste that we all love.
Numerous notices have been filed against large and popular chip brands like Kettle Chips, Lay’s, and Pringles by the Environmental Law Foundation in California.
They demanded that manufacturers include a label on their products which should warn about the great amounts of acrylamide included. Acrylamide is a harmful cancer-causing chemical, which is created in the process of baking or frying of starchy foods at high temperatures.
Therefore, it is advisable to eliminate potato chips from your diet, or reduce their intake to a minimum. Instead, you should try and prepare the following health recipe that will be great for your health, as it contains numerous nutrients.
Namely, it includes chickpeas, which are a rich source of protein, zinc, folate, iron and fiber.
As we stated, potato chips can cause diabetes while this delicious recipe is high in fiber and will thus reduce the blood sugar levels. Furthermore, zinc and iron will maintain the structure of bones and will provide body strength.
Many scientific studies have provided evidence that chickpeas have the following health benefits:
- Produces collagen
- Prevents inflammation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps digestion
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- Inhibits the formation of cancer cells
Moreover, this healthy recipe also includes sea salt, which will enrich the taste and contribute with its high amounts of minerals, including magnesium, calcium and potassium.
These have potent anti-inflammatory properties, boost the circulation of blood and help in the elimination of toxins from the body.
Coconut Curry Chickpeas- Recipe
The preparation will last no more than 5 minutes, and you will have to cook it for around half an hour. It serves 1-3.
- 2 cans low-sodium, organic chickpeas
- 2 Tablespoons curry powder
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil(melted)
- Sea salt (to taste)
Method of preparation:
The oven should be preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, rinse the chickpeas off with some water, and leave them to dry.
Mix the curry powder and the coconut oil in a larger bowl. Then, when dry, add the chickpeas as well.
Mix them around with your hands in order to make sure that they are all coated in the curry powder and the oil. Next, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and sprinkle them with the sea salt.
You should put the chickpeas in the oven and bake them for half an hour or 40 minutes, in order to turn light brown and crispy. Note that they are the most delicious if eaten within a day or two.
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