to think that having a packet of crisps a day is not healthy

(264 Posts)
Badgerwife Tue 08-Jan-13 12:20:40

or am I being precious?

I was having this discussion after watching Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods on tv with some friends yesterday, who all thought that having a packet a crisp a day was totally fine and clearly thought I was weird to think that it was totally unhealthy. I'll admit I was appalled surprised but this may be because I was brought up in France where you don't really eat crisps unless you're having a picnic, in fact, I'm not even sure you can buy individual packets. So it was a bit of a culture shock when I first moved to England when I realised it's a staple snack/lunch item.

Even now, I never have crisps in the house - unless I'm pregnant like now and I crave the salt content like crazy and they are moreish and delicious plus it's cheaper than my other craving which is McDonalds and way more shameful to admit to but then I worry about my cholesterol going up and clogged arteries with all the fat.

So AIBU?

meadow2 Thu 10-Jan-13 22:42:41

Probably not the healthiest but definitely wont make you fat.

StuntNun Thu 10-Jan-13 22:48:43

I love crisps, they are my favouritist of foods, yes even more than chocolate. Sometimes I have two bags in a day. If they're Doritos I could probably eat three bags in a day if I tried hard. I don't have a problem with them as my diet is otherwise pretty healthy.

Happymum22 Thu 10-Jan-13 23:05:25

The cafe where we eat lunch at work stocks these 'salty dog' crisps. They are incredibly addictive.

I bought crisps when the children were young 7 ish years ago and there wasn't so much healthy eating promotion. Lots of people had crisps nearly everyday in their lunch box of after school. Last few years I only buy them for occasions like Christmas or for with drinks if people are coming over.

Then I tried salty dogs and every day i swore each morning I wouldnt buy them but someone would get a packet and eat them in front of me. Having no self control I always ended up getting them. They are disgusting- dripping in salt and I'm surprised just one packet doesn't give you a heart attack or diabetes or something! I felt gross after and hate doing bad things to my body. A packet a day is generally too much IMO but can't talk then again depends on the rest of your diet.
New Years Resolution- no salty dogs. Going ok so far!

Punkatheart Thu 10-Jan-13 23:08:35

Stop this crispy porn, you heartless harlots. I hear the rustle of packets in my head, smell the sweet tang of vinegar, dream of that crunch on my teeth and the salty swallow.

It's like sex but.....................better.

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 00:35:13

I can only eat a small handful of crisps - there is something seriously gross about them, and that's not coming from someone who is a super health freak (see name)
YABU if you eat lots of crisps <controversial>

theodorakisses Fri 11-Jan-13 07:37:37

I would rather be unreasonable than eat boring old pretzels. Anyway, aren't pretzels American? If so the MN elite will have to slate those as well. Anything American is just dreadful darling.

Onezerozero Fri 11-Jan-13 08:20:48

I used to have crisps every day as a child, as did DH.
He would still eat a packet daily, and he does if we ever buy some.
I never eat crisps. I'm not denying myself- I just find them a very unsatisfying food.
I put half a pack into DD's lunch box maybe once a term. I'd rather give her a few cubes of cheese as her savoury snack. It seems more like real food. Or little sausages or something.

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 14:17:07

boring old pretzels

Ooooh buuuuurn

kerala Fri 11-Jan-13 15:10:57

YANBU. A mouthful of fat and salt yum. No wonder obesity rates are rocketing <munches ryvita have stone to lose after Christmas>

tittytittyhanghang Fri 11-Jan-13 16:06:04

YABU, because no one food on its own is healthy or unhealthy imo.

And today i have four bags of space raiders for my dinner. And they were immensely tasty. And i wont hear any bad thing against them.

Oblomov Fri 11-Jan-13 16:37:05

I LOVE crisps. One of my favourite foods. I have no idea why but I really love them.

Viviennemary Fri 11-Jan-13 16:41:47

If one packet of crisps a day is unhealthy does that mean if you have two or more that's OK. Presuming it must be. grin

PretzelTime Fri 11-Jan-13 16:46:19

YABU, because no one food on its own is healthy or unhealthy

YABU. <smug smiley> Crisps are not proper food and yes proper food can be unhealthy. It can contain allergens and other unhealthy things.

It's all right to enjoy crisps - (as the food police I graciously allow you to wink)(not that I understand why you like 'em) most people have something unhealthy that they like. Like chocolate. Mmmm, chocolate.

theodorakisses Sat 12-Jan-13 05:38:48

I think it is a mouthful of potatoes actually. Its not like i go to the fridge, get a lump of lard out and cover it with salt. No wonder the UK has lost its grip with coping with health and obesity.

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