Chips are an all-time favorite for almost every person nowadays. Why? Well, because it is easily available, quite affordable, and saves you from the mid-meal hunger. Also, they are available in many flavors and shapes, so they also fulfill your want for having fun-foods. Adding cola to your snacks is definitely an icing on the top. Having cola with chips is not very time-consuming as it doesn’t need to be cooked and even drinking and eating these are very easy, so why not? Consuming both these fun foods has to be an everyday thing, isn’t it? Well, technically it shouldn’t be. It is not very healthy to munch chips with cola every day or even more often than twice a month. Chips contain 312 calories per 100 g and cola contains 38 calories per 100 g. Clearly, the ratio of calories is pretty high and when chips and cola are consumed together, the calorie intake increases even more.
There are many other negative effects of eating chips and drinking cola.
Some of the negative effects of eating chips are:
Low Nutrition: If you regularly include chips as a part of your diet, you may not be consuming as many nutrients as you should. Chips are typically low in vitamins and minerals, and they tend to displace things in the diet that are higher in nutrients.
Weight Gain: Chips are typically high in fat and calories, which can raise the risk of weight gain and obesity. One ounce of plain potato chips, or about 15 to 20 chips, contains about 10 grams of fat and 154 calories. A 2011 study found that daily consumption of a single ounce of potato chips led to an average weight gain of 1.69 pounds over four years. The link between potato chips and weight gain was stronger than the link between weight gain and other dietary components, including processed meats, sweetened beverages, and unprocessed red meats. Being overweight or obese raises the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and also some forms of cancer.
High Cholesterol: Frequent chip consumption can contribute to high cholesterol levels because of the amount and type of fat found in chips. Most chips are deep-fried, a process that creates trans-fats, which is the most dangerous type. In addition, the oils used for frying chips are often saturated fats, which also contribute to high cholesterol levels. A 2007 study found that high levels of trans-fats in the bloodstream were associated with high levels of LDL cholesterol and an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
High Blood Pressure: The sodium content in chips may negatively impact your cardiovascular health. A high intake of sodium can cause an increase in blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart failure, coronary heart disease, and kidney disease. Potato chips generally contain between 120 and 180 milligrams of sodium per ounce, and tortilla chips can contain about 105 to 160 milligrams of sodium per ounce. A bag of chips typically contains more than a single ounce, so many people consume more sodium than they realize when eating it.
Some of the negative effects of drinking cola every day are:
Getting Fatter: According to a research, drinking cola every day in a week added 10 pounds over a four-year period.
Diabetes: In a study, women who said they drank one or more servings a day of cola were twice as likely to have developed type 2 diabetes during the study than those who rarely consumed these beverages.
Heart Disease: According to a study published in 2007 subjects who drank a soda every day over a four-year period had a 25% chance of developing high blood sugar levels and a 32% greater chance of developing lower “good” cholesterol levels.
In order to lead a healthy life, we should substitute chips and cola with healthy snacks like fruits and nuts. They provide loads of benefits and are very easy-to-consume. They beat cola and chips in every aspect, be it health or taste.