No Double Dipping: Potato Chips on Trial

So that's why I'm gaining weight!

by Nancy Berk • Guest writer { View Profile }



This week, Harvard University researchers pointed the finger at potato chips as a primary culprit in weight gain. The theory appears to be “you can’t eat just one.” But I’ve got a rival hypothesis and am pretty sure chips should’t be taking the fall alone. As seasoned Chipsters know, it’s the dip’s fault. Clam, onion, artichoke, bacon and horseradish, or spinach, dips barely adhere to vegetables and only cling to root vegetables if they are fried (okay and maybe baked). A chip, unlike a carrot, is shaped to be a dip utensil. Dip lovers dabble in making healthy choices, but we always return to our chips for maximum coverage. Researchers suggest that swapping yogurt for potato chips could result in weight loss. What about yogurt dip?




Nancy Berk, Ph.D. is a psychologist, humorist, and author. She was the 2011 MORE Half-Marathon Blogger. View an excerpt from her upcoming book, College Bound and Gagged: How to Help Your Kid Get Into A Great College Without Losing Your Savings, Your Relationship, or Your Mind.


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