Pringles are some of the most popular chips in the world, but they are also a serious health threat, according to some new findings. These chips are not made only of potatoes, but they are also a blend of potato flakes, wheat and corn, enhanced with numerous additives. Some of all these additives are known carcinogens and toxins.
Also, the production process includes blending all the ingredients into dough then pressing them with some molds to form the cut-potato shape. And the dough is fried in boiling oil followed by blow-drying. In the end, these fried chips are powdered with flavors and packed into cans.
Some research showed that the most harmful ingredient these chips contain is actually the by-product, which is known as Acrylamide. Acrylamide is an extremely dangerous carcinogen, and it has been proved to cause cancer in lab animals.
This potent carcinogen is not only a health threat to the animals, as some doses is also toxic to the human nervous system as well. The red alert in the case of Pringles is the fact that these chips contain much higher amounts of Acrylamide than allowed.
This toxin is formed during the process of food preparation at very high temperatures. It’s a by-product of frying, baking or roasting when the food cooked at high heat creates yellow/brown crust on the surface. All the foods cooked at temperatures that are higher than 100˚C possibly contain this toxin.
Potato chips are particularly dangerous as they are loaded with Acrylamide. In the 2005, the state of California sued some potato chips manufacturers for not warning their consumers about the dangerous ingredients potato chips contain and the possible health risks they incur.